Student Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Plan

We are excited to have you as a part of the Bucknell community! We recognize that every member of our campus has many obligations, roles and relationships that may be a source of support but may also cause stress. We care deeply about the experience you have with us and want to provide you with important resources available to you to support your mental health and wellbeing. We have gathered these resources on a single page for you to reference. Please take a look now to familiarize yourself with them so you know where to go when they are needed.

Distress related to mental health concerns, suicidal thoughts, attempts to die by suicide and completed suicides are an unfortunate but very real experience for students at Bucknell. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, there are many options for immediate support.

National Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention, 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7
  • Crisis Text Line:, text HOME to 741741 at any time, for any type of crisis. If you're a person of color who is experiencing a crisis, you can also text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor of color.
  • Mental Health TAP Line: 1-800-222-9016, local community agency providing 24-hour crisis intervention

Local Resources

The Counseling & Student Development Center
Graham Building, 7th Street entrance

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours
8 a.m.–4 p.m.

Trained mental health professionals are available to help you. Let the front desk staff member know it is an emergency. 

After business hours, dial 570-577-1604 and select option 2 to speak with a licensed counselor (available 24/7/365).

Bucknell Public Safety
Available 24/7/365

Dial 911

Evangelical Community Hospital emergency room 
1 Hospital Drive (on Route 15 North in Lewisburg)
Available 24/7/365

Counseling & Student Development Center Services

Bucknell University cares about supporting the mental health needs of our students. The Counseling & Student Development Center is a place for students to discuss personal, academic or vocational concerns. Counselors are professionally trained and licensed. Services are available to students at no cost. Psychologists, counselors and social workers are bound both ethically and legally to honor confidentiality except in situations where there exists the potential of harm to yourself or others or there is evidence of current abuse of a child or vulnerable adult. We are committed to providing psychological services that are sensitive to each individual and to differences based on gender, race, culture, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation and spiritual belief.

Walk-in Appointments 

3 p.m–.4 p.m.

The Counseling & Student Development Center offers services on a scheduled appointment basis. For students who feel unable to wait for a regularly scheduled appointment, brief, one-time walk-in consultation appointments are also available during walk-in hours. from These 15-30 minute appointments give the counselor an opportunity to make contact with a student and to determine how to best be of assistance.

Crisis Services

The Counseling & Student Development Center is one of several emergency support systems available in the case of a crisis.

Learn more about crisis services

Individual Counseling

Your first contact with the Counseling & Student Development Center will typically be a screening interview (initial assessment) in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs.

Learn more about individual counseling

Group Counseling/Support Groups

Group counseling gathers approximately five to 10 students to meet each weekly. These sessions are led by Counseling & Student Development Center staff.

Learn more about group support options

Outreach Programming

Counseling & Student Development Center staff are available to present lectures, workshops and programs to your group, organization or class.

Learn more about outreach programming

Psychiatric Consultation

Students who wish to meet with our consulting psychiatrist must first meet with a staff counselor to discuss their concerns and to determine if a referral for psychiatric consultation is appropriate. On-going psychiatric treatment is only provided for students who are also working with a counselor at the Counseling & Student Development Center. Our psychiatric providers do not prescribe controlled substances (stimulants, benzodiazepines, etc.).

Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

The Counseling & Student Development Center offers assessment geared toward helping students explore their patterns of alcohol and drug use. This assessment is designed to help students critically examine their patterns of alcohol/drug use in a judgment-free environment. As part of this assessment, students complete the BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) program, which is evidence-based and has been shown to be an effective intervention. Some students schedule these appointments to fulfill a requirement stemming from an alcohol or drug violation whereas others choose to participate hoping to gain a more intimate understanding of their relationship with substances.


Occasionally, students prefer to work with a counselor in the surrounding community or may wish to work with a counselor at home over winter break, during the summer or when on leave. Our staff can help students to find a counselor in the Lewisburg area or in the student's home community.

Outreach & Consultation

The Counseling and Student Development Center works with students, staff and faculty throughout the year to provide support and training on how to identify and support students in distress. Please contact the CSDC if you are interested in learning more about how we might partner to create a safer community.

Additional Resources

Counseling & Student Development Center


Graham Building, 7th Street Entrance


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.