As a individual who has #depression and was blatantly discriminated against because I asked for help, while I was off #FordhamUniversities campus, did not live on campus, never was a threat to anyone or myself, but had my #civilrights violated by the school, this #Massachussetts court case is one which will affect the lives of millions who have a mental health diagnosis and attend a higher education Institution.
Irregardless of whether your on a college/university campus, anyone who knows that an individual whether they have a mental health diagnosis or not, is a immenent danger to themselves or others should be dialing 911 and letting the police call a crisis team to evaluate the individual. It is not up to any person to play GOD with anothers life. If you know a person has suicidal thoughts or a plan or wants to harm another individual then you pick up the phone and dial 911 or call your local crisis team and stay with them until they arrive.
In the case of being on a college campus and you are a student, you should be calling your counseling center and requesting assistance immediately, if they are not open, then request assistance from security or your deans office. There is always someone on campus that you can call when there is a psychiatric emergency.
That being said, it is not always white and black, especially when it comes to an individual who is feeling depressed. This is why having some knowledge about mental health is very important for not only students, but administrators as well.
THERE ARE SOME SIGNS BELOW ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SOMEONE MAY BE FEELING SUICIDAL. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION AT http://www.yourlifecounts.org/learning-centre/know-signs-symptoms-prevent-suicide#signs1
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
What are the warning signs?
Saving the life of someone from suicide depends on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that is available for everyone to use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called “IS PATH WARM” and outlines the key points to remember.
I – Ideation (suicidal thoughts)
S – Substance Abuse
P – Purposelessness
A – Anxiety
T – Trapped
H – Hopelessness/Helplessness
W – Withdrawal
A – Anger
R – Recklessness
M – Mood changes
Please comment below on whether you have been in a similar situation as a student, if you know someone who has been, ( please no names or identifying the person CONFIDENTIALITY is VERY IMPORTANT ) or if you have certain feelings about the article or a particular disposition ?