Help for LGBTQ Students

If you’re thinking about suicide, you deserve immediate help.

If you feel like you are in crisis, no matter how big or small, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). During an emergency, you may call University Police at (828) 262-2150 and ask to speak to the on-call counselor. During office hours, you can visit the counseling center, tell them you are experiencing an emergency, and they will find a counselor to talk to you.

The Trevor Lifeline, dedicated to providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24, is also available by dialing 866-488-7386.

If you are thinking about coming out, you may want to read the Trevor Project's Coming Out as You guide.


Attend Therapy  or a Support Group 

Speaking to a therapist or attending a support group can help improve your overall mental health. Currently enrolled students are eligible to receive counseling for free from the Counseling and Psychological Services Center . Individual counseling  and group counseling  are available. In order to see a counselor, visit the counseling center during walk in hours.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Walk-In hours are:
        Monday - Friday: 8:30am-11am and 1pm - 4pm

The counseling center offers the following groups:

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Therapy Group

    • This group is for those self-identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or for those who may be struggling with their sexual orientation identity. This can be an opportunity to discuss issues related to being a sexual minority, such as coming out, homophobia, and relationships. In addition, this can be a forum to discuss more general issues, such as depression, anxiety, or self-esteem, within a safe and supportive environment.
  • Transgender Therapy Group

    • This group is for those self-identifying as transgender, gender-variant, transsexual or for those who may be struggling with their sexual/gender identity or expression. This can be an opportunity to discuss issues related to being a sexual minority, such as coming out, transphobia, beginning or continuing a process of transformation (passing, RLE, hormonal treatment, seeking official name/gender change, etc), and relationship issues. In addition, this can be a forum to discuss more general issues, such as depression, anxiety, or self-esteem, within a safe and supportive environment.

All of the groups offered by the Counseling Center are designed to provide meaningful experiences for students who want to resolve specific concerns; for those who want to learn how to better deal with interpersonal relationships; and for those who want to feel better about themselves. Groups generally meet weekly and are most often limited to 6-8 people.

For more information about therapy groups, contact the Counseling Center at (828) 262-3180 and for more detailed information ask to speak to the Groups Coordinator.


Create a Safety Plan

Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.


Get Involved on Campus  

Appalachian State University LGBT Resource Center 
This Center was founded to provide resources, support, information, and a welcoming atmosphere for LGBT individuals and their allies. The Center is operated by a graduate assistant and a dedicated group of student volunteers.

Location: Plemmons Student Union, Room 106

Sexuality and Gender Alliance 
The Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) strives to create an inclusive and accepting environment for all gender identities and sexual orientations on Appalachian State University’s campus and surrounding community. Through focusing educational and social meetings that are always a good time we work towards building a strong community for our students.

TRANSAction 
TRANSaction is an all-inclusive group on Appalachian State University's campus for students, staff, faculty, and other community members who identify as transgender, transsexual, intersex, gender queer/variant, gender-fluid, questioning, and allies.


The Trevor Project 

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Trevor Lifeline  - A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386

TrevorChat  - A free, confidential secure instant messaging support service

TrevorText  - A free, confidential text messaging service

TrevorSpace  - An online community for LGBTQ young people and their friends

Ask Trevor  - Where people of all ages can ask questions and get answers from trained volunteers


The It Gets Better Project 

The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.


Join a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Group

DBT is a form of therapy designed specifically to treat individuals who are suicidal. Daymark Recovery Services offers a DBT/Stress Management group for college students on Tuesdays 4pm - 5:15pm. App State students, students on leave, community college students and college-bound rising high school seniors are accepted into the group. 

Interested students should schedule an initial assessment by calling (828) 264 - 8759. Daymark accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicaid, and offers a sliding scale for individuals who do not have insurance.  


Practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) at Home  

Now Matters Now is a website that presents the stories of those who have been suicidal, and research-based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. Learn Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems.


Watch Stories of Hope and Recovery 

Told through the voices of these individuals, their families, and the professionals in their support network, each inspiring story recounts one person's journey from a suicide attempt to the life of hope and recovery that they are leading today.


Read Stories of Attempt Survivors 

This blog was created by the American Association of Suicidology to share that this can happen to anyone and that it’s possible to recover, or learn to manage, and move on.


Live Through This 

Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors - people who look just like you. These feelings can affect those closest to us, and the fear of talking about it can be a killer. 


Take Care of Yourself After Treatment in the Emergency Department 

This brochure was created to help you as you begin to work through challenges that led you to attempt to take your life. It offers information about moving ahead after your treatment in the emergency department and provides resources for more information about suicide and mental illnesses.

 

Adapted from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Help for Attempt Survivors  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK(8255). Suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Local and National Resources

Campus Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services Center
(828) 262-3180

University Police Department  
(828) 262-2150
Emergencies: (828) 262-8000

Dean of Students    
(828) 262-8284

Counseling for Faculty
and Staff 

(828) 262-4951


Community Resources
Daymark Recovery Services  
(828) 264-4357
After Hours/Crises Line: (828) 264-4357

Finding Hope: Survivors of Suicide Support Group 
(828) 262-1628


National Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  
1-800-273-TALK[8255]
Chat: Click Here  

The Trevor Project    
1-866-488-7386

At Risk: Suicide Prevention Training Simulation

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