Counseling Center

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The Counseling Center currently offers sessions that are either in-person or are telemental health through synchronous video. The initial session is in a telemental health format, and subsequent sessions can be in-person or continue remotely.  All in-person sessions require both staff and students to wear KN95 masks covering both the nose and mouth. Call the Counseling Center at 401-254-3124 Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available to eligible full-time RWU students and are at no cost.

If you prefer to meet with a therapist  in your local area, we suggest that you consult with a current 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 an urgent concern on a  weekday evening (after 5pm), weekend, or a holiday, we have a NEW SERVICE available to both RWU students themselves or any administrator, faculty, and staff member who wishes 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.

For EMERGENCIES, if you are on campus currently, call Public Safety (available 24/7/365) 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]

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, the Stop APPI Hate Reporting Center has received 10,905 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 12/31/21.

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' 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!

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.

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

Read our letter to the RWU community from June 2020:

Dear RWU Community Members,                                  

We stand in unison  with 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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