Counseling Center

Update: Wednesday 6/3/20

Counseling Center: 401-254-3124; Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

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We, as Counseling Center staff, collectively acknowledge that extreme stress can result from recent events. With the COVID-19 pandemic, escalations of violence, and embedded racism in society, we are facing unprecedented challenges to our coping and well-being. We recognize that minoritized community members are suffering uniquely from these events: the pandemic has made a particularly harmful impact on people from marginalized identities and the recent news about brutality against Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd have surfaced tensions stemming from a long history of inequitable treatment. 

We are thinking about all of you who are feeling the direct and indirect effects, both acutely and chronically, that arise from inequitable treatment and these recent violent events.  We at the Counseling Center stand against racism and any acts of violence, including that which is based on race, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, and/or ability.  

We stand with our marginalized communities, and will continue working toward creating safe and equitable spaces for all, while supporting those who are impacted by systemic injustice on a daily basis.   

As President Miaoulis affirmed in his recent message, please know that the Counseling Center is available to support you.

Here are some additional resources:

Persons of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741

Racial Trauma Toolkit from Boston College

Direct actions you can take as an Ally 

Coping with racism and discrimination from the American Psychological Association

The JED Foundation's statement

Effects of vicarious racism

Quote of the Day: "My color is my joy and not my burden."---Bebe Moore Campbell (1950-2006), African-American author who explored topics of mental health and racism

Our website AND our Facebook page  are updated each weekday with new content to invite you to engage in needed self-care and maintain your psychological well-being. Topics that we will cover during the spring and summer include boredom, happiness, humor, resiliency, sleep, social isolation, and stress.

To limit the spread of COVID-19, no in-person meetings are occurring in the physical spaces of the Counseling Center. From June to the beginning of Fall Semester, we are offering telemental health treatment (phone or video) to any Roger Williams University student if you are enrolled in one or more courses in Summer Session I or II through Roger Williams University AND are currently located in an eligible state. 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 8:00am to 4:00pm and leave a voicemail with your full name, cell phone number, and current city and state. We will return your call as soon as we are able.

If you prefer telemental health treatment with a therapist  in your local area, we suggest 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 one of the few students on campus, call Public Safety at 401-254-3333. If you are off-campus in the Bristol area, call East Bay Center at 401-246-0700. Options for any student, regardless of where they live, include calling 911, visiting a local hospital emergency room, and/or contacting one of these resources: 

  • The Samaritans of Rhode Island:  401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4889 
  • National Hopeline Network: 800-784-2433
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 
  • Asian LifeNet Hotline: 877-990-8585
  • Persons of Color Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741-741
  • Trevor LGBTQ Helpline: 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
  • The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)

This site is designed to provide Roger Williams University students, family members of students, administrators, faculty, and staff with easy access to information about Center services. For detailed information, please explore the options listed on the left.

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FREE anonymous, online screenings for concerns about anxiety, depression, eating, gambling, psychosis, substance use, and trauma are found here: Counseling Screening