Crisis Information

Emergencies: 911

CAPS (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm):
(814) 863-0395

Penn State Crisis Line (24/7):
(877) 229-6400

Crisis Text Line (24/7):
txt "LIONS" to 741741


CAPS Locations

- Student Health Center (SHC)
- Bank of America (BoA)
- Allenway Building (Downtown)
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How to help a friend who is suicidal

show you care, you could save a life.

If your friend is talking about wanting to die or about suicide, it's important to SHOW YOU CARE:

Communicate Care & Concern

Talk about what you see:

Ask, Assess, & Affirm

Reach for Resources & Refer

If your friend is feeling suicidal, it is important to know where to go for help. Counselors can give you advice and could see your friend for counseling. The following services are available:

Engage, Explain, & Eliminate Danger

It's important to act appropriately to meet the level of danger present. If you feel that your friend is psychotic or completely out of control and has lost their ability to protect themselves from self harm or control their impulses, don't leave them alone.

Call and arrange immediate access to a helping professional at CAPS (814-863-0395), CAN HELP (1-800-643-5432), University Police (814-863-1111) or take the student to the Emergency Department of Mt. Nittany Medical Center.

By Taking Action to Show You Care, You Could Save a Life.

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