Appalachian Cares is your source for wellness, health and safety information, resources and support for the campus community.

  • If you have been sexually assaulted recently or some time ago, you may be experiencing a wide range of feelings, from shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger. Please do not lose hope. All of your feelings are valid. You did not deserve this and the offender is the only person who should be blamed. There are many who can be of help to you now.

    • Sexual Assault Prevention
    • OASIS, Inc.
    • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline

      800-656-4673

      At any given moment, more than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country. RAINN does not have any record of a caller's phone number or name.

      Callers always have the choice of whether or not to share their real name or phone number with counselors; they are never obligated to reveal this information. In other words, we will know who you are only if you choose to tell us.

  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, help is available.

    • Prevent Suicide
    • Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings
    • Daymark Recovery Services

      Walk-in clinic, mobile crisis unit and 24-hour crisis services. Substance abuse and mental health outpatient treatment and intensive in-home treatment.

      • Crisis Line

        828-264-4357

      • Office Line

        828-264-8759

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline

      800-273-8255

      It doesn't always feel like it, but your life matters. In moments when you feel like you just need some support, there is help out there. Join the movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all you, the unique and real you, matter.

Wellness, health and safety for students, faculty and staff is a top priority for our campus.

Our community welcomes all and takes seriously our individual roles to be concerned and compassionate members of this community. We involve faculty, staff and students in the shared responsibility of ensuring the health of our university community, but no one is expected to have all the answers – indeed no one of us does.

As you navigate the challenges of student life, there are many dedicated people and excellent resources on our campus to help. This is a good place to start.

Resources

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Keep important safety information at your fingertips with the Appalachian Cares mobile app. Includes links and telephone numbers for University Police, student health and counseling services, Safe Ride, local community resources and national hotlines, as well as the It's Up to Me video.

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Appalachian Prevention Advocates 2015 - Inaugural Class

2 min. 58 sec.

The Appalachian Prevention Advocate program is part of an institutional commitment to reduce instances of suicide, sexual assaults and misuse of drugs and alcohol within the Appalachian Community. The goal is to teach our students skills to help them prevent suicide, drug/alcohol abuse and sexual assault behaviors in themselves as well as with their peers, so we can lower the overall incidence rates on our campus. Students who participate in prevention training for each of the Big Three areas, and commit to continued refresher courses and interim training will graduate with a special, tri-color cord (each color signifying one of the Big Three prevention threads) and a certificate. These individuals will possess the ability to recognize and prevent risky behaviors in themselves and their peers in personal and professional settings at Appalachian and beyond.

It's Up to Me

6 min. 44 sec.

This promotional video for Appalachian’s "It's Up to Me" safety and bystander awareness campaign provides three personal stories on the importance of speaking up. It also offers these tips: Say Something, Ask and Listen, Have a Plan and Be Aware. The video promotes the website appcares.appstate.edu with resources and information related to student health and safety. This video won a Platinum MarCom Award in 2012.

Asking the Question - Appalachian State University Suicide Prevention Video

3 min. 57 sec.

Talking to a friend about suicide is scary. That's a normal reaction. It's OK if you don't know what to do. This video helps you learn what to do and how to access appropriate resources.

If you think a friend is considering suicide, you can get advice at the Counseling Center at Appalachian State University at 828-262-3180 or http://counseling.appstate.edu. Or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). They will walk you through what to do. You don't have to face this alone.

http://preventsuicide.appstate.edu