The college years mark an important period of personal and psychological growth that can sometimes be stressful for students. Many students experience difficulty coping with these stressors. Faculty and staff members may be one of the first to become aware of personal difficulties affecting a student.
The Counseling Center is committed to providing comprehensive, quality services for all students dealing with developmental concerns or psychological problems. The staff of the Center is available to assist students with their personal and social concerns in hopes of helping them achieve satisfying educational and life experiences. Services offered include:
Consider referring a student to the Counseling Center if you notice any of these warning signs:
If you notice any of these warning signs, inform the student of your concern in a straight-forward, genuine manner. Be specific regarding the behavioral patterns you have observed. At this point, suggest that he/she consider personal counseling and refer the student to the Counseling Center. Encourage the student to call the Counseling Center for an appointment. You can encourage the student to do so in your company, or accompany the student to Counseling Services. Except in emergencies, the student should be allowed the option of declining a referral for counseling.
Alternative referral resources on campus are also available. They include:
An emergency can occur anytime and may require immediate action. The following are examples of emergency situations:
Any reference to suicide should be taken very seriously, and a referral to the Counseling Center is vital; the Director of Counseling should also be contacted immediately. If the reference includes mention of a suicide plan, immediate response is especially critical.
When faced with a mental health emergency during business hours, please contact the Counseling Center directly at 828-898-8841; after business hours call Campus Security at ext. 8756, a member of the Residence Life Staff, or New River Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 828-733-5889. If you are concerned about imminent danger to the student or others, contact the Campus Security Office and ask them to send an officer right away. Also, do not hesitate to call 911. Be prepared to give any contact as much information as necessary.