Let your student /friend know that help is available, help is effective, and that seeking help is the courageous thing to do.
Offer to accompany them to their first appointment with a counselor, or, if they would like, you could sit with them as they talk to UT Telephone Counseling. UT Telephone Counseling is available 24 hours a day to all UT students. Call 512-471-CALL (2255) (UT students only). The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) is available Monday-Friday 8-5 for regular appointments as well as urgent walk-in appointments for students in crisis. You could walk to CMHC with them, or give them the phone number (512-471-3515). If the student is not willing to seek help, you can call the Behavior Concerns Advice Line (512-232-5050) to seek consultation on what else you can do to help.
There are a variety of campus and community resources that can support students who have thoughts of suicide.
Additional websites for more information on college mental health and suicide prevention: