Help for Veterans
Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service.
If you’re a Veteran in crisis or know a Veteran who is, confidential support is only a phone call away. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and Press 1 to speak to a qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responder. 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.
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
Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.
Join the Student Veterans Association . The Student Veteran's Association aims to:
Provide a social group and support structure to help veterans adjust to, and become successful in, civilian and college life.
Raise awareness for veterans issues and facilitate the distribution of information to veterans.
Promote community service and volunteerism. As well as to organize worthwhile projects and events pertaining to veterans’ needs and issues.
Watauga County Veterans Service Office, located in the Courthouse Annex (331 West Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607), assists veterans, dependents, and retirees in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. Applications for hospitalization, service connected compensation, education, loans, scholarships, pensions, and burial allowances are processed and appealed, if necessary.
The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The mission of the North Carolina Heroes’ Fund is to improve the quality of life for the military men and women of North Carolina and their families who are experiencing financial hardships as a result of their service, often times from overseas deployment.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Crises Line - Call 1-800-273-TALK
Chat - Click here to chat
Text - Text to 838255
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline have joined with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create the Veterans Self-Check Quiz. This is a safe, easy way to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Local and National Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services Center
University Police Department
Emergencies: (828) 262-8000
Dean of Students
Counseling for Faculty
Daymark Recovery Services
After Hours/Crises Line: (828) 264-4357
Finding Hope: Survivors of Suicide Support Group
The Trevor Project