Mental and Emotional Health Promotion
When we talk about mental and emotional health, many of us think immediately of the need for counseling or psychiatric services.
Our community-based approach incorporates:
- Coordination of collaborative efforts to review and improve protocols for responding to students in crisis.
- Training for University employees to recognize students in crisis and provide support.
- Collaborative efforts to develop life skills, promote social connection, and normalize help-seeking behavior.
Education and programs for students
We offer workshops to support student resiliency and healthy coping skills. You can view a calendar of scheduled programs and sign up to attend on CougSync. Programs are scheduled on a semester basis. If the calendar is empty, check back at the beginning of the next semester.
You can also request a workshop on a specific mental or emotional health topic of interest for your living group, student organization, or event.
Get involved with mental health promotion
Are you looking for a way to support the mental health of our campus community?
- Learn to identify and support students in crisis by taking our Campus Connect suicide prevention training.
- Take a Mental Health First Aid class to expand your skills with recognizing and assisting someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Be familiar with the AWARE Network.
- Subscribe to receive updates about mental health promotion and suicide prevention efforts and how you can get involved.
- Request brochures to promote support resources for students in crisis.
Warning signs for suicide
Recognizing these warning signs might help prevent a suicide attempt:
- Statements indicating suicidal thinking
- References indicating a desire to die
- Depression or other mood changes
- Withdrawal from friends/family
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Impulsiveness or recklessness
- Anger and anxiety
- Feeling trapped and hopeless
- Suffering a major loss or life change
- Access to self-destructive means
How to help a suicidal person
If you think someone you know may be considering suicide:
- Take all comments about suicide seriously.
- Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
- Do not let anxiety of a “yes” response prevent you from asking.
- Listen to the person and acknowledge their pain.
- Help the person feel understood and let them know you care.
- Avoid judging or inducing guilt.
- Avoid being pledged to secrecy.
- Do not leave an actively suicidal person alone.
- Refer the individual to professional help.
- If help is refused, consult with a professional.
Resources for students in crisis
If someone poses an immediate threat to self or others, call 911.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Press 2 for veteran’s services
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 509-335-4511
- CAPS after hours, weekends and holiday crisis services: 509-335-2159
- AWARE Network
- WSU Campus Police: 509-335-8548
- Pullman 24-hour crisis line: 509-334-1133
- Pullman Regional Hospital: (509) 336-7359