Counseling Center

UPDATE: 3/27/20

Counseling Center: 401-254-3124

Times like these can evoke feelings of worry and confusion. While the RWU leadership acts to keep our community safe and healthy, the RWU Counseling Center is committed to continuing our support of our students and community. To limit the spread of COVID-19, we are acting in conjunction with other campus offices that students are not allowed to access for an extended period of time as we engage in social distancing. Our website will be a key point of contact for resources and support and will be updated on an ongoing basis.   

For any student interested in starting or continuing treatment, we recommend that you review both of these referral sites: Psychology Today ( and Zencare ( to find a treatment provider in your local area. Please contact us at 401-254-3124 during Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm if you need any additional assistance in locating a referral.

If you are a current client of the Counseling Center and had an appointment scheduled with us between Monday 3/16 and Monday 4/13, we will contact you with further information. For current clients, we may be able to provide temporary, telemental health treatment if you are presently located in one of a small number of eligible states. We will discuss whether this is a viable option for you when we contact you and will provide you with referral options if it is not viable.

If you are one of the very few students remaining on campus, we ask that you not visit the Counseling Center physical space due to social distancing requirements. Staff from the Counseling Center will be reaching out to you directly to offer you an on-line support group facilitated by the Center's staff.

For emergencies, please contact Public Safety at 401-254-3333 or East Bay Center at 401-246-0700. Additional supports and resources are available to you here:

  • The Samaritans of Rhode Island:  401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK: 800-273-8255; TTY: 1-800-799-4889
  • POC (Persons of Color) Text Crisis Line: Text "STEVE" to 741741
  • Trevor Project LGBTQ Helpline: 866-488-7386
  • The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
How to Care for Yourself
  • Follow the protection and prevention recommendations given by medical professionals.
  • There are several things you can do to cope with and reduce dis-tress.  These can be vital in helping navigate difficult situations and emotions. Here are a few ideas:
  • Write in a journal
  • Talk to a friend, family member, or another trusted person Exercise, preferably outdoors if weather permits
  • Get adequate sleep and nutrition
  • Practice Relaxation, Breathing, and Yoga techniques
  • Listen to music
  • Engage your creative energy or talent
  • Watch a movie or favorite television show
  • Visualize a favorite activity  
  • Seek professional resources in your community
For Acute Distress
  • The Samaritans of RI:  401-272-4044 or 800-365-4044
  • National Suicide Prevention Life-line: 800-273-TALK: 800-273-8255; TTY: 1-800-799-4889
  • POC (Persons of Color) Text Crisis Line: Text "STEVE" to 741741
  • Trevor Project LGBTQ Helpline: 866-488-7386
  • The Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860

The Counseling Center will be continually updating our services. We will be posting information for the Roger Williams University community on this page as we develop our responses. Please check back to this page for more information about how our services and availability may change.

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

In Case of an Emergency

What if I feel that I might seriously harm or kill myself or someone else?

If the Center is closed and you live on-campus, call Public Safety at 401-254-3333.

If the Center is closed and you live off-campus, call East Bay Center at 401-246-0700.

What if I am worried that another Roger Williams student might seriously harm themselves or someone else?

Follow the same procedure as above. Call Public Safety if you live on-campus and East Bay Center if you live off-campus.

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