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Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Resources


Suicide Prevention

Recognizing suicide as the second leading cause of death among college students, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College aims to create a community who supports mental health. Stressors from the college experience may place students under emotional pressures occasionally manifesting in a threat to harm themselves or attempt suicide. The College commits to treating all threats and attempts seriously and will act by taking necessary steps to ensure the student’s safety. Review the  Suicide Prevention Protocol to learn more about the college’s policies and procedures.

Local Crisis & Support Resources

EastRidge Health Systems

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College supports the mental health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff through our contract with EastRidge Health Systems, a local community behavioral health facility. Students, faculty, and staff are provided with a consultation and two therapy sessions at no cost.

To schedule an appointment, call 304.263.8954 ext. 7052. Identify yourself as a Blue Ridge student, faculty or staff member and be prepared to offer your name, birthdate, health insurance information, and a good phone number for you. You will receive a return call to schedule an appointment.

In the event of a mental health crisis, the 24-hour hotline is available to everyone at 304.263.8954 ext. 4. During daytime hours, please stay on the line until someone answers your call! Although it may take some time, your call WILL be answered. After hours, leave a message, and your call will be returned within 20 minutes.

State and National Crisis Support Resources

Help 304

Help 304, West Virginia’s Emotional Strength Line, provides immediate support for those dealing with addiction and other mental health concerns. If experiencing an emotional crisis, contact their counseling services at 844.435.7304 or chat through the website at All services are free and available 24/7.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. They provide specific resources for people struggling with various tribulations, including but not limited to disaster survivors, attempt survivors, veterans. Services are accessible for non-English speakers and people with hearing loss. Call 1.800.273.8255 or chat using their website

The Trevor Project

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LGBTQIA+ community. The Trevor Project also provides educational resources for allies. Call 866.4.U.TREVOR (866.488.7386) to speak with an advocate.


An anonymous, confidential, online resource center for college students seeking a safe space to discuss and learn more about mental health. ULifeline is a program of The Jed Foundation, the nation’s leading nonprofits public organization working to prevent suicide among college students and improve the mental health support available on campuses nationwide. Text “START” to 741-741 or call 800.273.TALK (8255). Visit BRCTC ULifeline.

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