• 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.

Appalachian Cares

Appalachian Cares is a place to find updates about matters of student health and safety. It also functions as the most up-to-date clearinghouse of information, resources and support available for our students faculty and staff regarding student health and safety.
If you are concerned about the well-being of someone in your campus community, if you are observing behaviors that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, you don't have to have all the answers. On this page, you can find resources and contacts to help. If you don't see what you need here, or if you have a ideas, questions or concerns regarding student life at Appalachian, you can submit them here.

Resources

Messages

  • Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    As Mountaineers, we must continue to do the small things that make a difference to one another and our community that allow us to better understand one another and this journey called life.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The Division of Student Development is pleased to announce the appointment of Appalachian’s first Director of Wellness and Prevention. The Director will oversee University efforts to support and encourage Appalachian students to think critically about healthy decision-making and take meaningful action to increase positive, health-related behavior.

  • Saturday, May 9, 2015

    After extensive nationwide searches, Cindy Wallace, Vice Chancellor for Student Development, is pleased to announce three appointments within the Division. Two are current members of the Appalachian community who will be assuming new roles and the third will be joining the University for the first time. Each brings an extensive level of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and has demonstrated a strong commitment to student learning. All three will contribute to the efforts of a talented team of Student Development professionals dedicated to serving our students. Please help us welcome these folks into their respective roles in our community.

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and several programs and events are happening around campus to educate our community on sexual, dating, and interpersonal violence.

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Last semester I requested the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity develop specific, actionable plans to recruit - and retain - students, faculty and staff of color to our campus. I am pleased to inform you the commission is finalizing new recommendations that add to earlier recommended action steps. There has been much good work done and I commend the commission for its efforts.

  • Thursday, February 5, 2015

    We have experienced many tragedies this academic year, and the loss of students last semester and this semester has been very hard on our entire community. The loss of student life is something we would like to address specifically. There has been much discussion in the media and on social media about numbers and causes of recent student deaths. Speculation has led to assumptions and generated many questions, so while Appalachian does not typically release the cause of death in individual cases involving students, we want to share the following in order to ensure our community is accurately informed.

  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    The news we received last night about the death of one of our students saddens me deeply. This was a devastating announcement for all of us, and I want to emphasize that there is no evidence to suggest any threat to the university community.

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.