September is Suicide Prevention Month!  We want the MSU community to be aware of available services, as well as the variety of activities planned during the month of September and beyond!


Out of the Darkness Community Walk                                                                                                Saturday, September 12
Online and in person events, TBD

This annual event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention raises money for suicide prevention, education, research, and advocacy. The Bozeman walks have raised well over $40,000 and is a great way to show community support for those impacted by suicide.

For questions, please contact the event organizer

For more information on the event, visit the AFSP website


Managing Mental Health during COVID                                                                                Tuesday, September 29 at 4pm        

Join Dr. Laura Thum, CPS Outreach Coordinator, for this WebEx Meeting to learn quick tips on how to take care of yourself and manage stress/anxiety, all while navigating your semester and a global pandemic!

Join Here via WebEx at the day/time of the meeting! (Password: cUF5Kt6bDp8)

Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Prevention Training

Join Dr. Brian Kassar, MSU's Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to learn how to recognize and refer someone who may be struggling with Suicide. This virtual training will be offered online via Microsoft Teams: simily click "Join Teams Meeting" at the designated day and time below to attend!

                Wednesday, September 9        2-3pm                  Join Teams Meeting

                Monday September 14             9-10am                Join Teams Meeting

                Thursday September 17          12-1pm                 Join Teams Meeting

                 *Students, faculty and staff have access to Teams. Before the meeting, visit the UIT website if you need                                 assistance getting set up.

For Faculty & Staff:

The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting CPS to provide training on Recognizing & Referring Students with Mental Health Needs on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Kognito Online Suicide Prevention Training

               This free, online training program is a great way to learn how to spot a student or friend who may be at risk for                 suicide, and practice how to initiate a conversation with them. It is a web-based module that can be accessed                   from a computer or mobile device at:

                  Faculty/Staff:,  enrollment key:  msuboze.

                  Students:  ,  enrollment key:  msuboze16.

Mental Health First Aid

Become certified in Mental Health First Aid! This in-depth, 8-hour course will teach risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, along with a 5-step action plan to help someone with a mental health concern access necessary resources. We are evaluating if/how to deliver MHFA Training this semester due to COVID. Please respond to this survey by Sept. 25 to help us gage interest and preferences. 

Active Minds

Active Minds is a student group whose mission is to promote mental health & wellness on campuses, as well as de-stigmatize mental health issues and counseling. The MSU chapter is advised by staff at Counseling & Psychological Services and hosts various wellness events and awareness campaigns throughout the year. If you're a student who would like to join or learn more, send us an email, we'd love to hear from you!

For Faculty & Staff

All of us at MSU are encouraged to support students' mental health, wellness, and overall well-being. The Division of Student Success has created Faculty & Staff Tools for Student Success to aid and empower our community in this endeavor.  

National Campaigns

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a great campaign called #KeepGoing, and offers many inspiring and educational Stories to Keep Going.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has great prevention information, including Empowering Everyone, which provides information on how almost anyone can support suicide awareness and prevention in virtually any setting.

There is HOPE

A common contributor to suicidal thoughts and actions is untreated or undiagnosed depression. Many people don’t know that what they are experiencing is depression, or that effective treatment is available. Others who experience anxiety, substance use, other mental health disorders, and stressors due to life events also benefit from treatment and support. 

MSU students have free access to an online, anonymous Mental Health Screening that helps you explore any symptoms you may have.

In person screening, as well as counseling and treatment options are available to MSU students through
University Health Partners.

Counseling & Psychological Services provides free, confidential counseling.

Medical Services provides medical consultations and support for students who wish to manage medications locally or those who wish to consult about whether a medication could be helpful. 

The Office of Health Advancement offers Wellness Coaching to those students who don’t have a mental health or counseling issue, but wish to gain support with wellness goals.

The INSIGHT Office and Center for Recovering Students offers support, assessment and treatment for students with substance use issues or those seeking substance-free activities and alternatives.


Additional Student Support

There are many additional offices with dedicated staff members who provide support for student wellness and success!

Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success            406-994-7627                    

Dean of Students Office                                         406-994-2826

Dental Services                                                        406-994-2314

Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons        406-994-5801                                   

Fitness Center                                                          406-994-5000                    

Institutional Equity                                                  406-994-2042                    

Nutrition Services                                                    406-994-4380

Office of Student Engagement                              406-994-2933                      

Pharmacy                                                                  406-994-2311    

TRiO Student Support Services                             406-994-7474

VOICE Center                                                           406-994-7069