Self Help Resources

Suicide Prevention

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide:

You are not alone, even though you may feel that way. 10% of college students report thoughts of suicide in an academic year.

If you are one of the 10%:

DO talk with someone: a friend, a family member, roommate, counselor, nurse, physician, residence life staff, clergy, crisis line (see below) or faculty. Connectedness is one of the most important elements toward recovery and asking for help when you’re having a hard time is a sign of strength.




  • DON'T isolate yourself!
  • DON'T drink alcohol and use other drugs. Drugs and alcohol increase the risk of suicide.

Whatever the reasons for considering suicide, PSU wants to help you find hope and a way to cope with your problems. The Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) offers professional counseling and medical staff who can help you find your own reasons to stay alive. Often intense emotional distress can blind people to alternative solutions to suicide, yet other solutions are almost always available. Talking to someone can help you find those alternatives. 

SHAC Counseling Service staff are experts when it comes to helping college students creatively solve their problems and reduce their pain. They can also provide medical assessment and medication related to emotional challenges.

If you are concerned that someone you know may be at risk for suicide, the best way to help begins with asking them. They will appreciate your concern and the connection with you can be the beginning of their recovery. You can also get more information from the Half of US website.

24-Hour Crisis Resources

  • 911
  • Multnomah County Crisis Line (24-HR), 503.988.4888
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)

PSU Emergency Numbers

  • Center for Student Health & Counseling: 503.725.2800
  • Office of Residence Life: 503.725.2450
  • Campus Public Safety: 503.725.4404
  • Dean of Student Life: 503.725.4422

Self-Help Websites for Students

Mindfulness Based Stress Relief 

Relaxation Practices

The following guided practices can serve to support the skills students have learned in the Develop Emotional Balance programs: RELAX and FOCUS. Or, if you have not yet attended one of SHAC's stress relief or concentration programs, feel free to download or listen to these guided audio practices on your own.

To download a mp3 guided audio, please right click on the audio file link and select "Save Link As..." or listen online by just clicking on the link.

4 minute Body Scan Practice Link

3 minute breathing space (Univ of Missouri, MPC)

27 minute body scan (Univ of Missouri, MPC)

30 minute sitting meditation (Univ of Missouri, MPC)

Diaphragmatic Breathing (Univ of Texas)

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (Univ of Texas)

5 minute breathing meditation (UCLA-MARC)

7 minute working with difficult emotions (UCLA-MARC)

9 minute loving-kindness meditation (UCLA-MARC)

12 minute breath, sound, body meditation (UCLA-MARC)

The RELAX and FOCUS practices offered on this website do not constitute professional medical /counseling advice and should not be used as a substitute for medical/psychotherapeutic diagnosis, advice or services.