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

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 ( 1.800.273.8255.
  • 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.

Local Resources

  • To connect with trained mental health professionals on campus, call 570-577-1604 Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (summer hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and be sure to let our staff know it is an emergency.  
  • After business hours, dial 570-577-1604 and choose Option 2 to speak with a licensed counselor (available 24/7/365).
  • Call Bucknell's Office of Public Safety at 570-577-1111 (available 24/7/365).
  • Dial 911 (available 24/7/365).
  • Go to the emergency room of Evangelical Hospital on north Rt. 15 in Lewisburg (1 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837 - available 24/7/365).
  • Contact the Mental Health TAP Line (local community agency providing 24-hour crisis intervention) 1-800-222-9016.

Campus Resources

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.

The Counseling & Student Development Center is currently providing counseling and other mental health services in-person, video and phone appointments. Counselors will be available weekdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. for phone consultations to discuss concerns and available support resources at the CSDC and within the campus community. Support remains available 24/7 for urgent mental health needs by calling 570-577-1604 and choosing Option 2 to speak with the On-Call Counselor.

All staff and students will be required to adhere to all recommended health guidelines in the event of in-person meetings.

Same-Day Phone Appointment

Your first contact with the Counseling & Student Development Center will typically be a phone conversation in which you and the counselor make decisions about the type of help that would best meet your needs. Same-day phone appointments are available 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, first call, first served.

Individual Counseling 

You may choose to meet in person or via video with a counselor for a screening interview (initial assessment) in which you and the counselor will come up with treatment goals and recommendations in individual counseling moving forward.

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Group Counseling/Support Groups

Group counseling gathers approximately 5 to 10 students to meet weekly. These sessions are led by Counseling & Student Development Center staff.

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Outreach Programming

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

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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 (such as stimulants or benzodiazepines).

Crisis Services

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

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Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

The Counseling & Student Development Center offer an assessment to help 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 center (570-577-1604) if you are interested in learning more about how we might partner to create a suicide-safer community.

The CSDC website has resources including information about caring for yourself and others, tolerating uncertainty, coping with grief and loss, self-compassion, recognizing a student in distress and how to ask for help.

Additional Resources

The CSDC website has resources including information about caring for yourself and others, tolerating uncertainty, coping with grief and loss, self-compassion, recognizing a student in distress, and how to ask for help.

Contact Details

Counseling & Student Development Center


Graham Building, 7th Street Entrance


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.