West Virginia University officials encourage those dealing with life’s issues and problems to seek help. Whatever it is that is causing one stress or concern – depression, change, test anxiety, trauma, relationship issues – there is assistance available for students and employees.

“We want students as well as faculty and staff to know we are a caring, welcoming, supportive community and have many resources available both at WVU and in the community,” said Corey Farris, dean of students.

Cathy Yura, assistant vice president of WELLWVU, agreed, saying: “Especially in light of this week’s student tragedy – but all the time, and every day – we need to reach out to troubled individuals and offer them comfort, support and help in a multiculturally sensitive atmosphere. It’s also OK to reach out to family and friends and let them know of warning signs if someone appears to be a danger to themselves or others.”

Student Government Association President Ryan Campione said, “We want every student to know that they are not alone. Whether you are going through something personal or something related with the University, we want to let students know that our door is always open. Any student can reach me at 304.293.4403 or Ryan.Campione@mail.wvu.edu, and I will do my best to help all students through any situation that they may be in.”

And SGA Governor Blaine Blankenship who is working to improve mental health awareness on campus, said, “There are many options for students that feel they are in a negative situation. If you live in a dorm, please reach out to your residence assistant. You can always talk with your professor, or anyone you trust on campus. The Carruth Center on the downtown campus is available for walk-in appointments Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. If any student ever needs to talk about anything that is troubling them, I am available at Bblanke2@mix.wvu.edu. It is important for students to know there are always people willing to talk and listen to them here.”

Here’s a list of WVU Resources to keep handy:

Other Hotline Resources in an emergency: * National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) * National 24/7 suicide hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) * Military Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (Press 1)



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