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