Suicide Prevention

Wilkes University is committed to providing timely, effective suicide prevention, assessment and intervention and ensures continuous, quality access to professional behavioral health and wellness services.

The Suicide Prevention plan is designed to address suicide prevention through the lens of primary and secondary prevention. The program targets gatekeepers, students, faculty and staff to reduce risk for suicide and promote protective factors.

Brochure (.pdf)

The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive suicide prevention training program for students, faculty, and staff to educate the campus community on how to prevent suicide and other mental health crises. This education is designed to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to identify and refer high-risk students; identify and respond to early warning signs and risk behaviors; promote protective factors; increase students' awareness of personal risk and protective behaviors; increase the utilization of resources for counseling and wellness; reduce stigma of mental and behavioral health conditions; engage students, faculty, staff and other key individuals and constituencies in leadership roles to facilitate suicide prevention; and promote wellness on campus.

Participants learn:

  • Information about the prevalence of suicide and other related facts
  • Risk and protective factors relevant to college students
  • Risk factors and warning signs for suicide
  • The link between mental health concerns and suicide
  • How to promote and increase Protective Factors
  • How to respond to students in distress
  • Resources for assistance
  • What to do in an emergency situation

Student/Staff or Faculty Groups can request to schedule a training session by contacting Health and Wellness Services 570-408-4730.

How can you tell if someone is at risk?

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides these risk factors and warning signs:

View Risk Factors and Warning Signs

There is around-the-clock help for individuals exhibiting suicidal tendencies or thoughts:

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wilkes University Health and Wellness Services, 570-408-4730.

Contact our 24/7 University Support Line at 570-408-CHAT (2428) to speak with a mental health clinician.

Wilkes University Health and Wellness Services

267 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Health and Wellness Services

Wilkes University Public Safety

148 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Safety and Security

Wilkes-Barre Police Department

15 N. Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Helpline of Northeastern Pa.

31 West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


ULifeline provides anonymous screening and information about campus resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Call 2-1-1 and speak live with a highly-trained service professional in your area. All calls are completely confidential, and the service is accessible 24/7 in multiple languages.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is a national suicide hotline for LGBTQ students.

Organizations and Programs

  • Access to mental health care and support for help-seeking
  • Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships (A therapeutic alliance with a caregiver-collaborative connection)
  • Mental health services including health promotion and wellness, student health and counseling, crisis services, access to local mental health providers and mental health clinics.

  • Health and Wellness Services also offers adaptive coping skills/Training/Tools to Bolster Resilience Mechanisms:
    • Psychoeducation
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Communication
    • Goal Setting
    • Problem Solving

Wilkes University Health and Wellness Services
267 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Health and Wellness Services