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Mental Health



HelpWELL Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Kognito Student Training

Are you worried about a friend or classmate? Have you wanted to talk to a fellow student dealing with a problem, but weren’t sure how? What if the problem is bigger than you know how to handle?

HelpWELL is offering a FREE, unique, game-based simulation. You will learn how to determine when a friend needs help, how to talk to a friend you’re worried about, and where you and your friend can turn for help.

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More information about this training can be found on our Great OUTdoors Workshop Page.

Kognito Faculty and Staff Training

HelpWELL offers FREE, online, interactive training simulations which are currently being used on campuses across the United States. These simulations will help you learn more about how to identify, talk to, and provide help to students in need.

Kognito Family of Heroes

A free, online program designed to help the families and friends of returning veterans manage expectations, understand common challenges, and identify signs of PTSD and TBI.

The HelpWELL App

The HelpWELL App allows users to gain a better understanding of their wellbeing and build healthy habits with daily mood, sleep, and wellness activity logging. Users also have access to a customizable list of supports, local resources, and service provider locator within the app.

Activities and Outreach

HelpWELL events are designed to increase awareness about mental health concerns and services and decrease stigma associated with seeking mental health care.

Clinician Resources

This page contains a WVU resource guide for local clinicians and community mental health provider lists.

Suicide Prevention Grant

WELLWVU and the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services (CCPPS) have obtained a national SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant to support the development of additional programs and services to bolster suicide prevention efforts at West Virginia University.

Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior

These signs may mean that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if the behavior is new, or has increased, and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change:

- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself

- Looking for a way to kill oneself

- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain

- Talking about being a burden to others

- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

- Sleeping too little or too much

- Withdrawing or feeling isolated

- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

- Displaying extreme mood swings

What You Can Do

If you believe someone may be thinking about suicide:

- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)

- Listen without judging and show you care.

- Stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help.

- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

- Call the Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services (CCPPS) office at 304-293-4431 to speak with a counselor (24/7)

- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and follow their guidance.

- If danger for self-harm seems imminent, call 911 or the University Police Department 304-293-COPS (2677).

This website was developed [in part] under a grant number 1U79SM061444-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.