In an effort to reduce the number of suicides on college campuses, some schools are now installing anti-suicide chairs in dormitories. These chairs, also known as “safety seats” or “life seats”, are designed to provide a safe and comfortable place for students to sit if they are feeling suicidal. The chairs are usually located in common areas such as lounges or cafeteria, and they are typically equipped with safety belts and padded armrests.
Some chairs even have built-in speakers that play calming music or message.
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If you\’re a college student, chances are you\’ve seen the odd chair with a steep, slanted back in your dorm\’s common room. These chairs, called \”anti-suicide chairs,\” are designed to prevent students from hanging themselves.
While the chairs may seem like a morbid joke, they actually serve an important purpose.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and many suicides are impulsively done in moments of distress. By having these chairs in common areas on campus, it provides a potential suicide victim with a safe place to sit and calm down during a crisis. The chairs also serve as a visual reminder for other students that there is always someone available to talk if they are feeling suicidal.
If you see someone sitting in one of these chairs, don\’t be afraid to approach them and start a conversation. You could literally save their life.
What Happens If I Text 741 741?
If you text 741 741, you will receive a message back from a short code service called \”EZ Texting.\” This service allows businesses to send mass texts to their customers or employees. The message you receive will depend on the business that is sending the text.
What Happens When You Call 1-800-273-8255?
When you call 1-800-273-8255, you are connected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This is a 24/7 hotline that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Lifeline is staffed by trained crisis counselors who will listen to your problems and help you develop a plan to stay safe.
What Happens When You Call 988?
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, calling 988 will connect you with a mental health professional. This service is available 24/7 and is free of charge. When you call 988, a trained specialist will ask questions and assess the situation to determine how best to help.
They may provide referrals to local resources or connect you with emergency services if necessary.
What Does the Suicide Help Line Do?
If you are in crisis and considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained counselors are available 24/7 to provide support and connect you with resources in your area.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.
It\’s a safe place to talk about what\’s going on in your life and get help if you\’re feeling suicidal. If you need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. You can also text \”Home\” to 741-741 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7 support.
In a recent blog post, a student at the University of Washington discusses the so-called \”dorm anti suicide chairs\” that have been installed in some of the dormitories on campus. The student argues that these chairs are a form of ableism and perpetuate the idea that people with mental illness are dangerous. The student calls for the university to remove these chairs and instead invest in better mental health resources for students.