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.

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

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 

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.

Watagua County Veteran's Services Office 

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.

Request Financial Assistance 

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.

Veterans Crises Line 

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[8255]

Chat - Click here  to chat

Text - Text to 838255

Vet Self Check 

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.  

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).

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