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Mental Health

While you are waiting for counseling

While you are waiting for counseling

The WELLWVU Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services is here to serve the students of West Virginia University. Student concerns like college and job stress, transitioning to college, and other concerns keep our center busy year long.

We offer drop-in triage appointments on a daily basis Monday through Friday and you can schedule an appointment with us by calling 304-293-4431. During busy times of the year, you may experience a longer wait to be assigned to a regular counseling appointment.

While you are waiting, try some of the following tips:

- Talk with someone who cares for you (e.g., friends, advisor, res. life staff, family, etc.) and ask for extra support. Be as specific as you can about what helps.

- Consider checking out one of our many counseling groups at: Group Counseling.

- Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation makes stress much worse. Sleeping on a consistent schedule is also very important.

- Move your body. Physical activity helps reduce stress and anxiety. Don’t plan to exercise more than an hour per day. Check out some activities over at the rec center.

- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and other non-prescribed drugs. These may make anxiety and depression worse.

- Keep a routine, such as attending classes, work, and social activities

- Reduce stress by eliminating or reducing unnecessary obligations.

- Remind yourself that this distress is temporary and your feelings can change for the better.

- Live in the present. Think about what you need to do in the next hour or two.

- Try not to make any major decisions or changes in your life while you are in a very distressed or emotional place.

- Check out some of the self-help resources that are available to WVU students at

- Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing. For additional suggestions, check out

- There are lots of websites with resources; some of these may help:

- Set realistic goals. Be flexible and patient if things don’t go as planned.

- Maintain a sense of humor. Laughing is especially helpful when you feel stressed. Do things you enjoy to improve your mood (e.g., watch a comedy, listen to uplifting music).

- Talk to your advisor or professors to explore options for the rest of the semester.

What if you need more help?

Make a plan about what to do if your mood or situation worsens. Some options are:

– Visit or call the Carruth Center at (304) 293-4431 (8:15 AM to 4:45 PM M-F) and ask to speak to a counselor.

- Call the 24 hour after hours number hotline at (304) 293-4431.

- Visit the Carruth Center and request assistance identifying a counselor in the local community who can be helpful to you.

- Go to the emergency room at the University hospital or call 911.

- If your concerns are substance related, consider attending local 12-Step groups.

Try other resources

On Campus Resources

Academic Issues:

Office of Assessment and Student Success

Academic Resource Centers

Mountaineer Academic Program

Office of Accessibility Services

Financial Concerns:

WVU Financial Aid Office

Office of the University Registrar

Housing Concerns:

WVU On Campus Housing

WVU Off-Campus Housing

Student Legal Services

Health Information:

WVU Healthcare – Student Health

Student Insurance Office

Off Campus Resources

Community Clinician Referral Handout

Community Psychiatric Providers Handout