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At times, a student may find her/himself dealing with a personal crisis which necessitates immediate attention by a mental health professional (e.g., suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, sexual assault or other violence, serious mental confusion or disorientation). In such situations, a counselor can assist the student both with problem solving and helping regain her/his usual coping abilities and sense of control.

For immediate assistance:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM:
    • Call the Counseling Center (540-568-6552) or come in to the Counseling Center
  • After hours:
    • Call Public Safety (540-568-6911) who will assess the situation and, if necessary, contact the counseling center staff member on call
    • Go to the Emergency Room at Sentara RMH Medical Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, 540-689-1414

At those times when a situation is not an emergency but a student is experiencing significant distress, helpful actions may include:

  • Talking to a trusted friend, family member, or clergy
  • Writing in a journal
  • Practicing deep breathing exercises
  • Listening to soothing music
  • Reading
  • Exercising indoors or outdoors, depending upon preference
  • Watching a favorite movie or television show
  • Drinking a warm non-alcoholic beverage