Mental Health Resources for Colleges and Universities


The resources provided in these pages are compiled with intention to assist help West Virginia colleges and universities in providing information to students, parents, faculty and staff regarding student mental health. Research on mental health and evidence-based practices are constantly growing and changing, thus resources may be added or removed as new evidence develops. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Council of Community and Technical Colleges encourage users to validate resources against research standards.

For questions or comments specific to the resources please contact:

Resources For Immediate Response

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, help is available. Call or text one of the hotlines listed below for help now.

  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
  • Crisis Text Line
    Text START to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.
  • The Trevor Project
    Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.  The leading national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Chat at
  • Dial 2-1-1
    If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.
    Offers 24/7 call, chat, and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue. The helpline staff offers confidential support and resource referrals, including self-help groups, out- patient counseling, medication-assisted treatment, psychiatric care, emergency care, and residential treatment.  The helpline provides assistance for those who need help themselves, and guidance for those seeking help for loved ones. Text  844-435-7498
    Call  844-HELP4WV or 304-356-5840
    Chat online at
  • Trans Lifeline
    Peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call for support and resources.
    Call 1-877-565-8860
    Online resources at
    The Veterans Crisis Line is a 24/7 crisis resource available to any Service member, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and any Veteran, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
    Call 1-800-273-8255
    Text 838255
    Chat online at
    Support for deaf and hard of hearing call 1-800-799-4889

911 – Call 911 if you experience an emergency or feel like you want to harm yourself or others.

In Crisis? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text 741-741