Get fit guide: Flexing your emotional muscles on campus

Mental health resources at PSU

We all know being a student can be very stressful. In addition to writing essays, spending long hours at school and work, and balancing any kind of life in between, there is the mental and physical anguish that comes with worrying about these stressful events. But you don’t have to go it alone. Being a student at Portland State means having access to an array of resources to help you clear your mind, work through issues (whether academic or personal) or fill up your time with fun activities. And you pay for most of these with your tuition (so you might as well use ‘em!). Here’s a list of resources to help you feel mentally sharp, or even just okay, this coming term.

Resource Centers

Women’s Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center provides resources and support for students of all genders at PSU, through programs, events and advocacy. The WRC is located in the Montgomery Hall basement and can be reached at 503-725-5672 or by email.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Queer Resource Center

PSU’s Queer Resource Center offers programs, advocacy, and resources for students across the sexuality and gender spectrum. The QRC is located in Smith Memorial Student Union room 458, and can be reached at 503-725-9742 or by email.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center registers students with documented disabilities and assists them in receiving appropriate accommodations, including adaptive technology. They can also provide resources for faculty and staff. The DRC is located in SMSU room 116 and can be reached at 503-725-4150 or by email.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accessibility specialist available 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday–Friday

Drop-in hours with our adaptive technology specialist 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Cultural Resource Centers

Six different cultural resource centers provide students access to leadership, employment and volunteer opportunities, to resources such as computer labs and event, lounge and study spaces, and to extensive programming. All PSU students are welcome. Located in various places throughout campus. Main contact point for all resource centers is by email, or by phone: 503-725-5351.


Services for Students


Diversity and Multicultural Student Services

DMSS provides structured support services to student populations whose access, retention, academic success and graduation are most challenged by historical social factors and contemporary inequities. DMSS is located in SMSU room 425 and can be reached at 503-725-4457.

Veterans Services

PSU provides assistance to military veterans through the Veterans Resource Center (located in SMSU room 401 and reachable at 503-725-9807 or by email) and the Veterans Certification Office (located in Neuberger Hall and reachable at 503-725-8380 or by email).

Students with Children

The Resource Center for Students with Children offers student-parents the support and services needed to balance family with academic goals. The RCSC is located in SMSU room 462 and can be reached at 503-725-9878 or by email.

Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

International Student and Scholar Services

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services provides immigration advising, life advising, programming and support for PSU’s international student population. ISSS is located in East Hall room 101 and can be reached at 503-725-4094, or by email.

Center for Student Health and Counseling

SHAC is a community-based healthcare organization that provides high-quality, accessible mental health, physical health, dental and testing services targeted to the needs of the PSU student population (located at 1880 SW 6th Ave., University Center Building, reachable by phone at 503-725-2800 or fax at 503-725-5812)

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Advising and Career Services

PSU’s Advising and Career Services office assists undecided/undeclared students with choosing a major and provides career counseling for students and alumni from all majors, programs and degree levels. ACS is located in University Services Building room 402 and can be reached at 503-725-4005 or by email.

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m–5 p.m.

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provides legal advice and advocacy for students in matters including bankruptcy, family law and landlord/tenant issues. SLS is located in SMSU room M343 and can be reached at 503-725-4556.

Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Other Resources

Academic and Student Recreation Center

Here you can swim, play basketball, rock-climb or take a yoga class, get a good workout or join the outdoor program and do some hiking. All great for mental health!

Monday–Friday, 6 a.m.–7:30 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m; Sunday, noon–6 p.m.

Viking Gameroom

Need to kill some time? How about a good old-fashioned game of pool? Look no further, the Viking Gameroom has your fix! Includes all bowling lanes, shoe rentals, billiards and video games!

SMSU basement

Monday–Saturday, noon–10 p.m.
Sunday, by reservation only

This is not an exhaustive list of all the great resources that can help you through your next term. Find a full list of campus resources here.

The online version of this story has been edited from the print version to include update verbiage about the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). We apologize for any offense or confusion.