Counseling Center

Counseling Center: 401-254-3124; available virtually Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Stop APPI Hate Reporting Center has received 3,795 reports of civil rights violations, online harassment, physical assault, shunning, and verbal harassment toward those who identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander (AAPI). Reports were derived from all 50 states plus DC from 3/19/20 through 2/28/21.

The Counseling Center and Roger Williams University welcome students from the United States and from all over the world and continues to work toward a more equitable, inclusive, and just world. We concur with President MiaouIis' recent statement to the RWU community that incidents of bias, discrimination, harassment, hate, and violence toward those who identify as AAPI are completely unacceptable at RWU.

To report a bias incident at RWU, complete this form.

If you feel unsafe, please call Public Safety at 401-254-3333 when on campus or 911 when off-campus.

Support resources are available and are free!

Counseling Center: to schedule an appointment, call 401-254-3124 Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. When the Counseling Center is closed, for immediate crisis support call 401-254-3124.

Asian LifeNet Hotline: call 877-990-8585 for confidential phone support available 24/7/365. This service is available in Cantonese, English, Fujianese, Japanese, Korean, or Mandarin.

Cassidy Hammond, Assistant Director of International Student & Scholar Services, is available at chammond@rwu.edu

Zoila Quezada, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, is available at zquezada@rwu.edu

Additional organizational resources are found here, here, and here.

For an urgent concern on a weekday evening (after 5pm), weekend, or a holiday, we have a NEW SERVICE available to both RWU students themselves and administrators, faculty, and staff who wish to consult about heightened emotional distress and/or a mental health difficulty of a student. Simply call the Counseling Center at 401-254-3124, follow the prompts, and you will be immediately connected to a professional who can provide crisis intervention regarding a student when the Counseling Center is closed.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, no in-person meetings are occurring in the physical spaces of the Counseling Center. During the fall and spring semesters, we are offering telemental health treatment (synchronous video) to any Roger Williams University student if you are enrolled full-time with our university AND are currently residing on campus, in Rhode Island, or in another eligible state. If you reside outside of Rhode Island, your state determines your eligibility for this form of treatment. We can discuss whether this is a viable option for you and we will provide referral options when it is not viable.

To explore this possible option, call the Counseling Center at 401-254-3124 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm and leave a voicemail with your first and last name, phone number, current city and state, and multiple times during our hours of operation when you would be available to receive a return phone call to coordinate scheduling. We will return your call as soon as we are able. DO NOT go to the Counseling Center, instead call us at 401-254-3124 and leave us a voicemail with the details described above.

If you prefer telemental health treatment with a therapist  in your local area, we suggest that you consult with your primary health care provider and/or review both of these referral sites: Psychology Today and Zencare. You can also contact the Counseling Center at 401-254-3124 and leave us a voicemail if you need assistance in locating a referral.

For EMERGENCIES, if you are on campus currently, call Public Safety at 401-254-3333. If you are off-campus in the Bristol area, call East Bay Center (available 24/7/365) at 401-246-0700. Options for any student, regardless of where you live, include calling 911, visiting a local hospital emergency room, and/or contacting any of these free resources available to you 24/7/365:

General

  • Behavioral Health Link: 401-414-LINK (5465) [mental health concern, substance abuse, or suicide]
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 [mental health concern or suicide]
  • National Hopeline Network: 800-442-HOPE (4673) [suicide]
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4889 [suicide]
  • The Samaritans of Rhode Island: 401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044 [suicide]

Specialized

  • Asian LifeNet Hotline: 877-990-8585 [suicide; available in Cantonese, English, Fujianese, Japanese, Korean, or Mandarin]
  • Persons of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741 [mental health concern]
  • The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860 [available 10:00am-4:00am; mental health concern or suicide]
  • Trevor LGBTQ Lifeline: 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678 [suicide]

Trauma

  • Day One: 800-494-8100 [sexual assault]
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746  [coronavirus, mass violence incident, or natural disaster; available in over 100 languages]
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233) or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474 [domestic violence]
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673) [sexual assault]
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-494-8100 [dating violence, domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking]

Ways of enhancing your mental health during the pandemic are described here  and 7 COVID-19 myths to watch out for are found here.

Here is what to do when someone is not wearing a mask and/or maintaining social distance.

Consider your use of alcohol during the pandemic.

Read about Coronavirus anxiety and what you can do to manage it.

Read our letter to the RWU community from June 2020:

Dear RWU Community Members,                                  

We stand in unisonwith Black students and employees at Roger Williams University. Recent events, especially the horrific deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Ahmaud Arbery in S. Georgia, have heightened societal awareness of police killings and other violence toward Black people as well as the complex, long history of systemic racism and implicit bias. This is occurring simultaneously with a worldwide pandemic that has taken many lives with disproportionate impact on communities of color. We recognize all of this has been distressing for many RWU community members, most especially for our Black students, faculty, and staff.      

Many students have or are preparing to take action for positive social change. This may include being a listening ear to others, engaging in activism with Black Lives Matter, getting involved with social justice opportunities on and off campus, expressing yourself creatively through the arts, and/or making financial contributions to worthy causes. Many white students and employees are taking this opportunity to more deeply focus on their white privilege and what they can do individually and collectively to support meaningful change. It might also mean that you are taking a break from news and social media, and that is certainly understandable too. We encourage you to continue to take care of yourself as you actively seek to improve the world around you.

We stand ready to support you. As a reminder, staff in the Counseling Center, the Intercultural Center and the Center for Student Academic Success are available remotely to provide you support for your academic, emotional, and interpersonal needs. Please visit our respective websites referenced below to learn about what we can offer and explore the list of resources provided below you might find helpful during these challenging times.  

Stay safe and be well, 

The Staffs of The Counseling Center, The Intercultural Center and the Center for Student Academic Success

Examples of on-line and off-campus resources: 

Resources for Black people

Contemporary self-care tips for Black people

8 tips from Black therapists for Black people

7 Mental Health Resources for Black People

44 Additional Resources for Black People

Meditation App for the Black Community

Persons of Color Crisis Text Line (free, 24/7/365): Text STEVE to 741-741

Resources for Allies

Direct actions you can take as an Ally

Anti-racism Education for White People

75 Actions White People Can Take Right Now 

Resources for Everyone

Coping Strategies

RWU Contact Information:

The Intercultural Center

The Center for Academic Success

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