College is a demanding time. You’re facing the challenges of school, work, family obligations, and a social life. When you are in control of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors it’s easier to cope with life’s challenges.

Being able to keep your problems in perspective also helps you bounce back from setbacks.

Your mental health is also directly related to your prospects for academic success. From the National College Health Association survey results we know that students who reported psychological distress also reported receiving lower grades on exams, important projects, and in courses; receiving an “incomplete” or dropping courses altogether; or experiencing a significant disruption in thesis, dissertation, research or practicum work.

So what can you do? Explore these resources to get organized, take care of your mental health, master time management, engage in a self-assessment process, and develop or grow your support network.



  • Counseling & Psychological ServicesWe provide OSU students with individual, relationship, and group counseling, as well as outreach and education to OSU and the surrounding communities.
  • Counselors
  • Prevention services: CAPS aims to prevent suicide through education, cross-campus collaboration, and providing crisis intervention and resources.
  • Student Health ServicesWe provide compassionate and student-centered services and programs and continuously work to create safe and supportive environments to enhance student growth and development.
  • Psychiatrists
  • Substance use clinician: Our substance use clinician is a licensed professional counselor who offers clinical evaluations for substance use and substance use disorders, as well as individual counseling.
  • Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center: 24/7 support for all OSU community members affected by sexual harassment, including sexual assault, unwanted sexual experiences, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking
  • University Ombuds: The University Ombuds Office promotes a civil and inclusive campus community by providing informal, impartial, and confidential* conflict management services to all members of the university community.
  • Office of Student Life: The Office of Student Life is dedicated to providing educational and developmental opportunities for students to make informed decisions that support their success at Oregon State University.
  • Disability Access Services: Disability Access Services (DAS) provides accommodations, education, consultation and advocacy for qualified students with disabilities at Oregon State University.
  • Cultural Resource Centers: The centers provide support services to on-campus and online students, as well as opportunities for all members of the OSU community to learn about different cultures and communities in a safer environment.
  • Family Resource Center: The Family Resource Center advocates for and provides quality programming and services to all OSU families with dependent care needs to support the academic, professional and personal growth and success of the whole person.
  • Academic Advising: Whether you are relatively new to OSU or a seasoned veteran, keep in contact with your advisor to stay informed and maximize your education.
  • Beth Ray Center
  • Veteran Resource Center: We are here to assist all members of the Military Connected Community
  • Academic Success Center: The ASC values collaborating with campus partners, believing that a unified campus effort can bring about the best opportunities for student success and engagement.
  • Wellness Nook: A welcoming and comfortable place to learn, ask questions, and connect to resources for wellbeing.


Associations of community members

  • Active Minds: Active Minds is the nation's only peer-to-peer organization dedicated to raising awareness about mental health among college students.
  • Psyched Out Club: At this meeting you can meet-and-greet with psych and other majors, which will facilitate forming a community for those who are interested in Psychology.
  • Dam Worth It: Utilize the influential platform of sport to open up the conversation around mental health in the college environment and work to end the stigma. Making every team, every sport, and every student know that they are Dam Worth It.


Local private, public, and nonprofit institutions or organizations


  • Counseling: Our staff are committed professionals with particular expertise in the concerns of college students.
  • Individual: Individual counseling provides you with the opportunity to work one-on-one with a counselor.
  • Couples: The aim of couples counseling is to help the parties of a relationship recognize and better deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of relating in general.
  • Group: CAPS offers several groups and workshops addressing a variety of topics, led by mental health professionals in a confidential setting.
  • Substance use: Our substance use clinician is a licensed professional counselor who offers clinical evaluations for substance use and substance use disorders, as well as individual counseling.
  • Mindfulness and meditation: Engage in an ancient meditation practice that facilitates calmness, peace and balance in one’s life.
  • Workshops: The Peer Educator student staff team is available to present a variety of leadership and organization development workshops
  • Outreach and events: University Events strategizes, plans and implements high-impact events and special projects for internal and external audiences.
  • Conflict resolution
  • Suicide prevention
  • Beavers Belong Support Network: a program created to build community and foster belonging among Oregon State University students who may struggle with mental health.
  • Kognito training module: A new online training simulation using avatars is being offered to Oregon State students, staff and faculty to help gain skills around mental health and suicide prevention.
  • Wellness Agents: Wellness Agents have unique opportunities to lead and support prevention & wellness efforts at OSU. Each term they help plan large awareness events to engage and educate students on college health issues.
  • Student Parent Connection group through Family Resource Center
  • Faculty/staff training in supporting students: Because faculty and staff are important figures in a student’s life, CAPS believes an expression of concern may be an important factor in helping a student regain the emotional equilibrium necessary for academic success.
  • Athletics mental health education: The hours of practice, the travel schedules, the stress of competing against some of the world's best athletes, and the everyday pressures of being a college student – the physical and psychological demands are intense for the young men and women who represent Oregon State Athletics in such a visible atmosphere.
  • International moms group: IMG provides opportunities for international mothers to learn and discuss parenting topics, maternal-child health issues, early childhood development, healthy relationships, cultures and customs, as well as practice English, build community, and support each other.
  • Faculty student mentoring program: Guidance through students' first year is important. You can make a difference
  • Wellness coaching: Wellness coaching is a free service for OSU students that offers support for navigating transitions and overcoming challenges that you may be facing.


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