The Oregon College & University Suicide Prevention Project (OCUSPP) is a joint effort by colleges and universities in Oregon to reduce suicide risk on our campuses. We believe that suicide is often preventable, and we’ve developed a multifaceted program to raise awareness on our campuses and to assist at-risk students in receiving appropriate help.

The consortium grew out of collaboration supported by a federal grant. In 2005, the eight public universities in Oregon received a 3-year campus suicide prevention grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. In 2008, we sought and obtained funding from member institutions to continue our work. We also welcomed private colleges and community colleges into the consortium so that the knowledge gained from implementing the grant could benefit a wider group of students.