Suicide Prevention

The Truth About Suicide...

If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts, you're not alone-even though it may feel that way.

  • In a year, nearly 40% of college students will report feeling so depressed that it's difficult to function.
  • 10% will report thoughts of suicide.
  • 9.3% of Oregon Tech students reported thoughts of suicide in 2006 survey.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

So, if you're experiencing suicidal thoughts this page is for you.

Concerned someone you care about may be at risk for suicide?

Call 1-800-273-TALK

Why suicide?

People have different reasons for thinking about suicide:

  • Some see suicide as a way to escape problems.
  • Others see suicide as a way to end insufferable pain.
  • Some people hate themselves and think they deserve to die.
  • Others see themselves as a burden to loved ones.
  • Some see suicide as a way to test the love of others or get revenge.

Whatever your motivation for considering suicide:


Oregon Tech offers professional counseling and medical staff who can help you create (or re-create) a life worth living.

It's interesting that often intense emotional stress sometimes blinds people to alternative solutions to suicide...yet other solutions are almost always available. While some students see suicide as the solution to end all problems...suicide can also be understood as the problem to end all solutions. All too often, a completed suicide is a permanent solution to what might have been only a temporary problem.

~Our Counseling staff are experts when it comes to helping college students creatively solve their problems and reduce their pain.~

~Our medical staff can provide medical assessment and medication related to emotional challenges.~

If you're having thoughts of suicide:

DO Talk With Someone:

  • Friend
  • Family
  • Roommate
  • Counselor
  • Nurse
  • Residence Hall Staff
  • Crisis Line
  • Faculty


  • Don't isolate yourself.
  • Don't drink alcohol and use other drugs. Drugs and alcohol increase the risk of suicide.

Oregon Tech Resources:

Integrated Student Health Center, in front of the Village on the Klamath Falls campus, 541-885-1800

Residence Life Staff, 541-885-1094

Oregon Tech Campus Safety, For Emergency 541-885-0911

Non-emergency 541-885-1111

Dean of Students, CU 217, 541-885-1011

Services for Students with Disabilities,

LRC 229C, 541-881-5227

Self-help websites designed for students: &


24-hour Crisis Resources Include:

Klamath Crisis Center, 884-0390
Klamath County Mental Health, 882-7291
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK; 1-800-273-8255
Sky Lakes Medical Center Emergency Room, 274-6175

Help is available. All you have to do is take the first step. Talk to someone.

Oregon Tech is part of the Oregon University Suicide Prevention Project, a federally funded grant to reduce the risk of suicide in Oregon university students. For more information about that project, visit For more information about depression, suicide and college students, visit the National Mental Health Association at, or the Jed Foundation at