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How to Help

  • Here are some tips on how to talk to a friend who is in distress. Remember A.P.P.S. Cares:
    • Approach and Acknowledge -- Tolerate any feelings of anxiety or awkwardness. Pick a good time/place to talk. Be specific about what you observe that makes you concerned (e.g. “I’m concerned about you. I’ve noticed that _________”).
    • Probe -- Show that you care by actively listening and asking questions. Try to understand and show empathy for what they are saying. 
    • Promote Hope -- Let your friend know that things can get better, help is available and effective, and they are not alone.
    • Share -- Share referrals with your friend and let helpful others (e.g. friends, family, campus resources) know about your concerns.
  • If you are concerned about someone’s safety due to thoughts of suicide:
  • Three-minute video on ways to express empathy: Brene Brown video
  • If your friend is unsure whether they have a problem, suggest the Counseling Center’s free online screenings for depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol use, bipolar disorder, and traumatic stress. The anonymous screenings can provide your friend with feedback and recommendations.
  • The Self-Help section of our website has recommendations (including books, apps, websites, videos, and more) to help address some of the most common student mental health concerns.

Useful and informative articles on mental health concerns:

Emergency Services

The Counseling Center offers after-hours emergency coverage for urgent mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, sexual assault, and other trauma.  Call the Counseling Center at 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

For additional resources see our Emergency Services page.

Prevent Suicide Block