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Emergency/Crisis Services

Counseling Services staff are available to assist any student experiencing a mental health emergency or faculty/staff working with a student in distress. During SHAC hours of operation call 503.725.2800, or come to SHAC at the corner of SW 6th & Hall. After hours call the Multnomah County Crisis Line or Campus Public Safety.

PSU Emergency Numbers

  • SHAC: 503.725.2800
  • Office of Residence Life: 503.725.2450
  • Campus Public Safety: 503.725.4404

Are you or someone you know concerned about a friend?

If you are thinking about suicide, PLEASE contact someone who can help NOW.

Portland Emergency Numbers

Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students? A substantial number of students who attempt suicide are depressed. Yet, depression and other causes of suicide are treatable conditions. It is sometimes said that suicide is a permanent solution to what is often a temporary problem. Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of suicide for those you know and care about.

Know the warning signs:

  • Prior suicide attempts
  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Talking about hating life or wanting to end it all
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Taking unnecessary and life threatening risks
  • Giving away personal belongings
  • Withdrawing from friends or activities
  • Significant increase in alcohol and/or drug use
  • Persistent depression

Take action:

  • Be honest and express your concerns. For example, "You seemed really down lately; is something bothering you?"
  • Be direct. For instance, ask if they've thought about hurting themselves.
  • Listen and offer support and understanding. Avoid lecturing and judgement.
  • Don't keep it a secret. Talk to others whom you trust.
  • Let your friend know that help is available and offer to accompany him or her to see a counselor.
  • Remind them that problems are usually temporary, yet suicide is forever.
  • Find help to remove their stated means for hurting themselves, e.g. pills, knives.
  • Seek help from university staff and other campus resources
  • Take care of yourself. Talk to someone after the crisis is over.
  • Realize the limits of your responsibility.

Online Resources

PSU Emergency Numbers

  • SHAC: 503.725.2800
  • Office of Residence Life: 503.725.2450
  • Campus Public Safety: 503.725.4404

Portland Emergency Numbers