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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General show you care principles

show you care, communicate, ask, reach, engage, be part of a caring community

General Show You Care techniques when you see another student or a friend who is struggling...

If you have a friend who is ...

You can help by showing that you care and taking action. Be part of the solution and join the Penn State SHOW YOU CARE Campaign.

Communicate Care & Concern

Ask, Assess, and Affirm

Reach for Resources & Refer

Know your campus resources-

Engage, Explain, and Eliminate Danger

The more serious and life threatening the situation, the more you should pursue emergency assistance. Don't take "No” for an answer from your friend about getting help when the situation is life threatening. Remember, even if your friend is upset with you at the time, you might be saving a life.

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 care for themselves 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 863-1111, or call 911 and take the student to the Emergency Department of Mt. Nittany Medical Center.

*If you are worried that your friend may harm you, keep yourself safe and call 911.

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