Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation. Missouri ranks 20th in the number of suicides annually in state comparisons.

Learn how to make a positive difference and help prevent suicide on campus and across our state and nation.

Here’s how: The MSU Ask Listen Refer Training

MSU faculty, staff, and students can help prevent suicide by learning to:

  • Identify people at risk for suicide
  • Recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • Respond to and get help for people at risk

The Ask Listen Refer online training program is a free program that takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is intended to be educational rather than therapeutic, and must be completed in one sitting. Logging in and out of the program may cancel your progress and prevent you from obtaining your certificate of completion.

Begin the training

MSU Campus Mental Health Crisis Assistance

MSU Counseling Center
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
417-836-5116

Crisis intervention is provided to help students cope with mental health emergencies. During office hours call or come by the Counseling Center, Carrington Hall, Room 311. For after-hours mental health emergencies, call 417-836-5116 then press zero to speak to a crisis counselor. You may also contact MSU Public Safety at 417-836-5509. Please do not attempt to contact us about a crisis by e-mail. The use of e-mail is not a secure form of communication, thus confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

To schedule a non-emergent counseling appointment, call 417-836-5116 during 8am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Additional MSU Campus Mental Health Resources

Taylor Health and Wellness Center
Office hours during fall and spring semesters: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Office hours during summer session and intersessions: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
417-836-4000
https://health.missouristate.edu/

Center City Counseling Center
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
417-836-3215
https://education.missouristate.edu/CCCC/

Resources for Veterans

Springfield Area Mental Health Emergency Assistance Resources

Springfield Police Department
911 or 417-864-1810

Sheriff Greene County
417-868-4040

Burrell Center Inc./Crisis Assist Team 24-hr Crisis Line
417-862-6555 or 800-494-7355

Springfield Veterans Center
417-881-4197
After hours and Holidays: 877-927-8387

Emergency room contact information

Mercy Emergency Trauma Center
1235 E. Cherokee
Springfield, MO 65804
417-820-2115

Cox South Emergency and Trauma Center
3801 S. National
Springfield, MO 65807
417-269-4083

Cox North Emergency Department
1423 N. Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65802
417-269-3393

Nationwide 24/7 crisis support

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Crisis Text Line
Text 741741 for a quick reply by a trained Crisis Counselor about any type of crisis.

Substance Use Support Line
1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 – Press 1
or Text 838255