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

Crisis intervention is provided to help students cope with mental health emergencies. During office hours call or come by the Counseling Center, Magers Health and Wellness Center, Suite 304. 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 email. The use of email 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

Magers 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

Center City Counseling Center

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Resources for Veterans

Springfield Area Mental Health Emergency Assistance Resources

Springfield Police Department
911 or 417-864-1810

Sheriff Greene County

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

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

Emergency room contact information

Mercy Emergency Trauma Center
1235 E. Cherokee
Springfield, MO 65804

Cox South Emergency and Trauma Center
3801 S. National
Springfield, MO 65807

Cox North Emergency Department
1423 N. Jefferson
Springfield, MO 65802

Nationwide 24/7 crisis support

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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