Feeling blue?

Disconnected from family?

Struggling with identity?

Fighting to stay sane and afloat?

We're here for you. We are a nonjudgmental ear for questions and concerns.

Call us and make an appointment.

We offer individual, couples, and group counseling for students.

We also provide, consultation, outreach, and education to all members of the OSU community.

Self Help Guide

  • Express your concern. Ask them directly if they are having thoughts about suicide. Asking the questions will not put the idea into someone’s head. Listen, offer support and understanding. Don’t worry about saying the wrong thing. Your genuine interest and support are what matters.
  • Let your friend know that help is available on campus and in the community.
  • If your friend is having suicidal thoughts, don’t promise to keep it a secret, even if they request this. You will likely need support and advice on what to do.
  • If your friend is imminently suicidal, don’t leave them alone. Assist them in getting support and professional help.
  • If you have concerns, feel free to consult with campus helpers. Talk with a professional to make sure you’ve done all you can to help your friend.

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.  ~ Sydney J. Harris

Coping strategies for handling difficult moods can be very individual. Many people feel better when they:

  • Reach out to a friend, family member, mentor or spiritual advisor.
  • Talk to a professional therapist on campus. Effective help is available.
  • Talk with your primary care provider about whether medication might be helpful.
  • Exercise and engage in physical activity. This can help you work off stress, clear your head, and improve mood. Start with a few minutes a day and work up to 20-30 minutes every day.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Your body needs food in order for your mind to function well.
  • Sleep, go to bed and get up at regular times. This routine can help you to regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
  • Engage in activities that you have found enjoyable in the past, such as:
    • Taking a bath
    • Watching a movie
    • Going for a walk
    • Reading
    • Eating your favorite food
    • Journaling
  • Avoid substances like alcohol and other drugs. While they may give you some temporary relief, they will also exacerbate and can intensify your symptoms.
  • Keep to a routine of getting up, getting dressed, going to classes, studying, etc., even if you don't feel like it. Sometimes just doing the routine can help you feel better.

How to Make an Appointment at CAPS

www.ulifeline.org

www.preventsuicidenow.com

Support for Homicide Victims Family and Friends:  www.hvsgnsw.org.au/

Problems that Survivors of Murder often Face:  www.pomc.com/problems.html

Benton Hospice Service Groups Page - A listing of area grief support groups

Groups offfered by Samaritan Health Services, click on Hospice & Palliative Care or call 541-812-4680 for more information

 

      Following are some related services that you can find here on the OSU Campus: