For emergency situations
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, dial 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or if on campus contact University Police at 724-773-3888.
For non-emergency situations
During the spring 2021 semester the Personal Counseling Office will be serving students remotely. Students seeking services or support through the Personal Counseling Office can email [email protected] or, if on campus, can visit the Student Affairs & Engagement Office, SUB 113, and a member of the Student Affairs staff will assist you.
The counselors respond to emails during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Because each situation is unique, a member of the team will work with the student to determine needs and services either through the University or in the student’s local area.
Manage your wellbeing
Penn State has partnered with ThrivingCampus to help make it easier for you to know your options for care in the broader community around campus. This resource also helps students to connect with mental health resources across the country.
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause a wide range of thoughts, reactions, and emotions, such as:
- Anxiety, worry
- Feelings of helplessness
- Social withdrawal
- Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing.
Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and university information.
Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by decreasing your COVID-19 information intake. Although you should get the facts and stay informed, remember to take a break and focus on the positive in your life or things you have control over.
Stay healthy. Adopt healthy hygiene habits: wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently; cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough; and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Seek help. If your anxiety or worry is feeling overwhelming, seek additional help.
Penn State Resources (not just for crisis situations)
- Penn State Crisis Line 877-229-6400
- Crisis Text Line: Text ‘LIONS’ to 741741
- UPMC-WPIC Beaver County Crisis 24/7 Crisis Line at 724-371-8060 or 1-800-400-6180
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Veteran’s Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, press 1
- The Trevor Project, Saving LGBTQ Lives, 1-866-488-7386
- 2-1-1. This is a free confidential service provided through the United Way that helps people across North America find the local resources in their area. Most 2-1-1 offices answer calls 24/7. 211.org
- Disaster Distress Helpline, If the emergency is related to COVID-19 stress, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990.
Locate a mental health provider
Here are some additional ways to locate mental health services providers in your area.
- Visit Psychology Today
- Contact your insurance provider
- Contact your local Community Mental Health Services office