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Suicide Prevention



According to the Jed Foundation, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. A recent survey of UO students found that about one out of four had seriously contemplated suicide as some point in their lives. The University of Oregon’s Suicide Prevention Team is working to reduce the risk of suicide at UO by increasing awareness of the issue and educating students of the many mental health services available to help.

 The Truth About Suicide...

If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts... you are not alone - even though it may feel that way

  • In a year, nearly 40% of college students will report feeling so depressed that it's difficult to function.
  • 5-10% will report thoughts of suicide.
  • Most suicidal people don’t want to die—they just want the pain to end.
  • Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. But many suicidal people develop tunnel vision & can’t see the alternatives that exist for them.

Why suicide?

People have different reasons for thinking about suicide:

  • Some see suicide as a way to escape their problems.
  • Others see suicide as a way to end insufferable pain.
  • Some people hate themselves and think they deserve to die.
  • Others see themselves as a burden to loved ones.
  • Some see suicide as a way to test the love of others or get revenge.
  • Suicidal feelings are often a sign that something about a person’s life needs to change. This change, however, does not require ending one’s life.

Whatever your motivation for thinking about suicide, you can help yourself if you —

  • Reach out to a friend, family member, resident advisor, mentor or spiritual advisor.
  • Avoid alcohol & other substances.  Alcohol feeds depression and can increase the risk of impulsive behavior.
  • Engage in activities that you enjoyed in the past, even if it takes some effort to do so. 
  • Keep in mind that no matter how dark it seems, there are other solutions and ways to get relief from your pain.




UO’s Counseling Center offers effective counseling that can help you create (or re-create) a life worth living.  Counseling is confidential and free to UO students.  Call 541-346-3227 for an initial phone appointment.  While intense emotional stress can blind people to alternative solutions to suicide — other solutions are almost always available. We will work with you to find solutions that are meaningful to you.


 UO Resources:

  • Suicide Report Form
  • Counseling & Testing Center - (541) 346-3227
  • After Hours Support and Crisis Line - (541) 346-3227
  • Office of Dean of Students  - (541) 346-3216
  • University Health Center - (541) 346-2770


Self-help websites & Other Suicide Information: 

 24-hour Community Crisis Resources Include:

  • Eugene Emergency - 911
  • White Bird Clinic - (541) 687-4000
  • CAHOOTS - (541) 682-5111
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK  (1-800-273-8255)


 Help is available. All you have to do is take the first step. Please talk to someone.