IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN CRISIS, CALL 9-1-1 or
PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
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.
The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) has launched a new mental health service for students called TalkCampus. This international app provides peer support, guidance from licensed therapists, and resources including healthy coping techniques. Access is provided by using the Blue Ridge CTC student email address. Download TalkCampus from your provider’s app store!
- Free – Students download and use the app at no cost.
- Confidential – TalkCampus is anonymous and is not run by the college. No one will know you are using the app.
- Safe – A place where you can just be yourself and talk about how you’re really feeling.
The OAS recognizes student life can be tough. TalkCampus is not a replacement for counselling, but it is a great place to start talking. You are never alone, and the OAS is here to help support you.
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, 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 Help304.com. 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 suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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.