Update: Thursday 7/2/20; CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY, STARTING TODAY AT 1PM
Counseling Center: 401-254-3124; available virtually Monday-Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm or Friday 8:00am-1:00pm
With COVID-19 cases increasing nationally, if you choose to travel for vacation, it is best to plan carefully and follow recommended Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
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
Persons of Color Crisis Text Line (free, 24/7/365): Text STEVE to 741-741
Resources for Allies
Resources for Everyone
RWU Contact Information:
This website, our Facebook page, and Instagram account 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, racial trauma, resiliency, sleep, social isolation, and stress, among others.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, no in-person meetings are occurring in the physical spaces of the Counseling Center. During the summer until 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 Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm or Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm 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 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 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 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 24/7/365 free resources:
- 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]
- 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]
- 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]
This website 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 above on the left.
FREE anonymous, online screenings for concerns about anxiety, depression, eating, gambling, psychosis, substance use, and trauma are found here: Screenings