You Can Make a Difference

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress our students are experiencing and the negative impact it can have on their health and academic performance. Studies have shown a 20% increase in college stress over the last 5 years, with 44% of students experiencing periods of severe distress. Distress can lead to anxiety, depression, poor academic performance, and even a weaker immune system. Being an observant member of the Appalachian Community and an effective listener can have more of a positive influence than you might realize.

Here at Appalachian State University, we have adopted a suite of online training simulations that will assist you to better identify, support, and refer stressed students to support services on campus.  Through these courses, you will learn how to identify signs of psychological distress and refer students to support services through practiced interaction with virtual students. Appalachian State University highly recommends that you take these courses, which are already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities. You can help someone who is struggling and create a more supportive and inclusive campus for all.

To take any of the available courses, follow the instructions below:

  • Go to:
  • Create a New Account
  • Use enrollment key: 
    • Student Enrollment Key: appstate828
    • Employee Enrollment Key: appstate592
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your course and click "LAUNCH"

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email

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

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  
Chat: Click Here  

The Trevor Project    

At Risk: Suicide Prevention Training Simulation


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