At times, the challenges of life can become increasingly hard to navigate and can lead to feelings of distress and thoughts of self-harm. The College wants to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are aware of the risk factors, warning signs, and resources available to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, there are many ways to get immediate help.

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Suicide Prevention Hotlines

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Get help by contacting the online Lifeline Chat, calling 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or texting TALK to 741741

State and Local

  • Berks County Crisis – 1-877-236-4600
  • Bucks County Mobile Crisis (Lenape) – 1-877-435-7709
  • Chester County Crisis (Holcomb) – 610-918-2100
  • Delaware County Crisis (Elwyn) – 1-855-889-7827
  • Montgomery County Mobile Crisis – 1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
  • Philadelphia Crisis – 215-685-6440
  • Food helpline (Philabundance) – 1-800-319-3663
  • Childline: Child abuse hotline – 1-800-932-0313
  • Veterans crisis line – 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or text: 838255

Crisis Intervention Services

On Campus (24hrs/day)

Contact the College’s Department of Public Safety.

  • Blue Bell Campus – 215-641-6666
  • Pottstown Campus – 610-718-1913
  • The Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale – 267-646-5973

Off Campus (mobile crisis response; 24hrs/day)

  • Montgomery County Mobile Crisis is here to help you. Montgomery County Mobile Crisis provides not only immediate support for crisis situations, but also assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available to anyone in Montgomery County (including children, teens, adults, and families) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
  • Bucks County Crisis Services Line – 1-800-499-7455
  • Chester County Crisis Services – 610-280-3270
  • Delaware County Crisis Connections Team – 1-855-889-7827
  • Lehigh County Crisis Intervention – 610-782-3127
  • Philadelphia County 24-Hour Mental Health Delegate Line – 215-685-6440

Mental Health Services

Certain services may also be accessible via a mobile device.

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Montco provides convenient, personal, and professional mental health support to students through Talkspace. This digital space offers counseling, therapy, and psychiatry services from licensed providers. Current students can access the log in details through Montco Connect.

Local Support

Support Groups

National Support & Hotlines

Suicide Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Warning Signs

  • Talking about suicide, wanting to die, kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Having a plan for carrying out suicide
  • Talking about feeling worthless, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Suddenly happier and calmer, especially after a period of depression or sadness
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, making arrangements
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Acting anxiously or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.
  • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
  • Recent increased agitation or irritability

Risk Factors

  • Diagnosis of depression
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Loss of job, home, money
  • Death or terminal illness of a loved one
  • Divorce or loss of major, significant relationship
  • Loss of health, either real or imagined
  • Someone close to the person has completed suicide
  • Recent disappointment or rejection
  • Being expelled from school/fired from job
  • Sudden loss of freedom/fear of punishment
  • Victim of assault or bullying
  • Questioning gender

Reference: Prevent Suicide PA website.

Communication Plans

Suicide Prevention Communication Plan

Montco will deploy a multichannel suicide prevention communication plan four times per year: at the start of the fall (September) and spring (January) semesters, and again at the start of finals week (December and May). The communications will be sent to students via email and through Montco Connect.

The communications will be sent to students via email and through Montco Connect, as well as highlight suicide awareness information and link to free crisis response and mental health resources located on this Suicide Prevention Plan page. Additionally, Montco will run a social media campaign to encourage suicide prevention and mental health awareness to the surrounding community. The social media campaign will be deployed in September, as part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and in May, as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Postvention and Communication Plan

In the event of a confirmed suicide of a student, faculty member or staff member, the College will make support services readily available and will communicate directly with affected students, faculty, and staff. The Office of the President, Wellness Director and/or Student Affairs will work in conjunction with MarCom to share information to the appropriate parties.