Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month! Various departments and programs on campus have put out lists of resources that we encourage you to share with your students as appropriate, but if you haven’t already seen some of those, here are some you may choose to share. Note that UA’s board and staff have not personally used all of these services and resources.

UO Student Resources list:
This list has resources for navigating your student experience not limited to mental health; being aware of some of these programs and services, including tutoring, technical support, and more, may help some students address and improve some barriers they have been facing during this year of remote learning.

Counseling Services’ page:
The counseling services highlighted include mental health support for minority students and support options for the unusually high mental health burdens caused by the pandemic.

And other links for on- and off-campus services, with special thanks to Christina Karns for her work assembling many of these:

If you (or a friend) are in crisis and need to speak with someone now, please call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK -- they don’t just talk about suicide—they cover a lot of issues and will help put you in touch with someone close by.

If you need information on treatment and where you can find it, you can call:
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: 1-800-662-HELP or visit

The National Institute of Drug Abuse [NIDA] also offers information on how to help an adult or teen/young-adult friend or loved one.

Some local counseling and social service resources:

Local Crisis Lines

  • University of Oregon Crisis Line 541-346-3227
  • Sexual Assault Support Services Crisis Line 541-343-7277
  • Whitebird Clinic Crisis Line 541-687-4000
  • Womenspace Crisis Line 541-485-6513

Local Counseling

  • University of Oregon Counseling Center 541-346-3227
  • Center for Community Counseling 541-344-0620
  • Options Counseling Services 541-687-6983
  • Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) 541-484-9791
  • Center for Family Therapy 541-346-0923

Some Additional Campus Resources

  • UO Women’s Center 541-346-4095
  • Office of Affirmative Action 541-346-3123
  • Student Advocacy 541-346-3722
  • Multicultural Center 541-346-4321
  • LGBT Educational and Support Services 541-346-6105

We welcome faculty to share additional resources that would be useful for us to share more broadly, and we encourage you all to mind your own mental wellbeing along with that of your students. Back in November, we sent you all this letter about being accommodating to our students during what was then the second pandemic term; we encourage you to revisit it now, as we finish a full academic year in this stressful, uncertain environment:

Please also don’t forget that short-term leave is available both through the UO (through June) and OFLA.

Thank you for all your hard work for your students and colleagues! Take care of yourselves and each other.

In Solidarity,
Your UA Board