As the pandemic continues, we recognize that you and those around you may be feeling disconnected or struggling in different ways.

You are not alone

February 19, 2021

Dear Cougs,

As the pandemic continues, we recognize that you and those around you may be feeling disconnected or struggling in different ways. We also know that it isn’t always easy to know what resources are available either for yourself or to support others.

While the pandemic has changed the way we do many things, we want to make sure you’re aware that resources and support continue to be available. This has been a tough year, and it can be difficult to balance your academic workload (including, for some of you, work and teaching obligations) while also adjusting to new living arrangements, isolation and loneliness, caregiving responsibilities, financial distress, and regular disruptions to your routine.

These challenges may leave you feeling stressed, burned out, sad, lonely, or isolated. If these feelings have become overwhelming, we want you to reach out. You are not alone, and help is available. The resources listed below can connect you with the support you need, no matter where you’re located. Cougs Help Cougs, and we are ready to help in whatever way we can.

Mary Jo Gonzales
Vice President, Division of Student Affairs

Jill L. Creighton
Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Washington State University

Mark Beattie
Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, WSU Everett

Kate McAteer
Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, WSU Tri‑Cities

Jim Mohr
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, WSU Health Sciences Spokane

Debbie O’Donnell
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, WSU Global Campus

Domanic Thomas
Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Enrollment, WSU Vancouver


In addition to the resources below, if you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call 911.


These resources are all free and use trained crisis workers.

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1‑800‑273‑8255.
  • Text the word HOME to 741 741 to reach the Crisis Text Line for an immediate response, 24/7.
  • Chat online with a crisis counselor via Lifeline Chat.
  • The Trevor Project supports individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ via phone, text, or chat.
  • Black, Indigenous, and students of color can text the word STEVE to 741 741 for 24/7 crisis support with a culturally trained crisis counselor.

WSU System

(All Students, All WSU Locations)

  • The Student Care Network provides connection, support, and access to resources for yourself or others.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students can work with you 1‑1 on a variety of needs. Call us at 509‑335‑5757 or make an appointment online.
  • Learn to identify and support students in crisis by taking the Campus Connect suicide prevention training.
  • Take a Mental Health First Aid class to expand your ability to recognize and assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.


Resources on Suicide Prevention