Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a serious public health issue and a leading cause of death for young adults. 10% of American adults have contemplated suicide ( Suicide is also preventable. This page serves as a resource for the Gettysburg College community including information and assistance for those who may be contemplating suicide and their loved ones.

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek medical attention immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room.

Crisis Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call, Chat or Text: 9-8-8

Crisis Text Line
Text, Chat or What’s App: HOME to 741741

Local Resources

Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Room
147 Gettys Street, 6 blocks south of campus

Wellspan Mobile Crisis Services

Campus Resources

These resources are all free of charge for currently enrolled Gettysburg College students

Mental Health Services on Campus
250 Broadway (behind Servo Dining Hall)

Drop Ins are available for crisis support: 9 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday when classes are in session

Appointments are available when classes are session: Call 717-337-6960 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm)

Gettysburg College Campus Safety
For students in crisis who are currently at Gettysburg College (on or off campus) after hours
Call and ask to be connected to the Counselor on Call
24/7 during the academic year

Additional Resources

Common Warning Signs that Someone May be Contemplating Suicide (from the Suicide Research Prevention Center)

Talking about:

  • Feeling unbearable pain
  • Death or a recent fascination with death
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless, or trapped
  • Feeling guilt, shame, or anger
  • Feeling like they are a burden to others

Changes in behavior or mood:

  • Recent suicide attempt
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Losing interest in personal appearance or hygiene
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, or community
  • Saying goodbye to friends and family
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • A recent episode of depression, emotional distress, and/or anxiety
  • Changes in eating and/or sleeping patterns
  • Becoming violent or being a victim of violence
  • Expressing rage
  • Recklessness

Campus-wide Suicide Prevention

In addition to the intervention services listed above, our campus community is equipped with a variety of prevention and early intervention programs designed to: educate individuals on suicide, develop skills for recognizing the warning signs that someone may be considering suicide and provide strategies for how to intervene.

Prevention: Fresh Check Day, QPR (Question.Persuade.Refer.) Training, social media campaigns, workshops and events

Early Intervention: The CARE Team, Threat Assessment Team, Drop In Services

Additional Information for Employees

If you are a full-time employee struggling with mental health concerns or thoughts of suicide, the Early Assistance Plan by Wellspan (EAP) is available to you. EAP provides regular full-time employees assistance with issues such as depression, marital and family issues, grief, drug and alcohol problems, job-related stress, financial difficulties, and other personal matters. Gettysburg College will pay up to three visits/evaluations and to provide a referral list of practitioners in specific fields of expertise. Services are confidential and will not affect employment.

To learn about WELLSPAN Employee Assistance Program, please visit

Interested in Learning More?

Contact the Counseling and Wellness Department at: for more information on services including trainings, workshops and suicide prevention programs available at Gettysburg College.