Whether you're new to school or have been there, how often do you think about situations that can leave you vulnerable or needing help? Maybe you have a roommate or friend that has gone through something traumatic or is having issues and you don't know where to turn? It's hard thinking you will be breaking their confidence, or to take the first step in getting help, but taking care of yourself is one of the first signs of being responsible.
There are numbers you should always have on hand or somewhere close just in case. Although many people just dial 911, there are times when you need something more central to your needs. Here are a few useful numbers that can truly make a difference.
Emergency – 911
Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-827-7571
Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE
Drug Abuse National Helpline – 1-800-662-4357
Poison Control 1-800-942-5969
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention 1-800-931-2237
Alcohol Treatment Referral Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-252-6465
United Way Crisis Helpline 1-800-233-HELP
You should also find out the numbers to these resources on campus:
Campus Safety, Health Center, Counseling Services, Chapel, Dean of Students,
Always remember, it's never to late to reach out to someone who has your best interest at heart. Doing the right thing is never right (said NO ONE EVER)!!! Even if you're apprehensive, or even scared, you have the courage and will.
And we're right here if you need us.