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