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Suicide Attempt/Serious Injury/Death

Helping a suicidal person

  • Listen. Offer help and resources; trust your instincts.
  • Recognize warning signs of distress.
  • Report suspicions to appropriate resources.

Suicide attempt on campus

  • Call Rush Security immediately.
  • Note method or means (weapon, drugs, etc.) for responders.
  • Attempt to calm suicidal person, if safe to do so.
  • Try to not leave the suicidal person alone.

Death on campus – natural causes, accident, suicide or homicide

  • Ensure the area is safe to approach the victim.
  • Identify the problem and the location, secure and isolate the area.
  • Call Rush Security immediately.
  • Assist Rush Security, EMS, and other first responders in locating and identifying possible suspect(s)/victim(s).
  • Discourage large crowds from forming.
  • When possible, obtain witness names.
  • Ascertain emergency contact information to notify family members.
  • Provide the EMS/police with emergency information.

Serious injury

  • Call Rush Security immediately.
  • Do not move a seriously injured person.
  • Administer first aid.
  • Rush University will activate appropriate emergency operations procedures.
  • Isolate the victim and remain calm.
  • Direct emergency personnel to location of the victim.