Suicide Prevention and Resources

Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting and harmful effects on individuals and communities. It is a complex mental illness that does not discriminate and can affect anyone, but it is also preventable.

The Student Wellness Center wants you to know that whether you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or know someone who is, you are not alone. There is help. There is hope.


  • Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death in the US and is the 3rd leading cause of death in young adults.
  • In 2021, the US had over 48,000 suicide deaths with 2022 estimates closer to 50,000. That’s roughly the size of the entire UC student population and the equivalent of about 1 death by suicide every 11 minutes.
  • The CDC also reports that in 2021, 12.3 million adults seriously thought about suicide, 3.5 million made a plan, and 1.7 million adults attempted suicide.
  • Over a span of 12 months UC students reported:
    • Feeling things were hopeless (49.9%).
    • Feeling so depressed it was difficult to function (36.3%).
    • Seriously considering suicide (10.3%).
    • Having attempted suicide (2.8%).

Bearcats Share Experiences

Suicide can impact anyone, and Bearcats are no exception. These Bearcats are sharing their stories and messages of hope to help spread the word that suicide is preventable, and it does get better.

TW: The following videos contain stories involving suicide and suicide ideation. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available. Call or text 988 for the 24/7 National Suicide Lifeline. UC students can also call the CAPS 24/7 crisis support line at (513)556-0648. 

Aanika is a current UC student in the Lindner College of Business. Hear her talk about how suicide has impacted her life and what she thinks is important in supporting others and preventing suicide.

Kathy is a UC staff member and current student. Listen to her share a little bit about her own struggles with suicidal ideation and her advice to others who might be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Dr. Frierson is a UC faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. Listen to her share her story on the part suicide and suicidal ideation has played in her life and her message of hope.