Impact of COVID-19 - A Message of Support to our Students
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and major changes the VCU community is facing, University Counseling Services continues to be committed to supporting students throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We are mindful of the impact that current stressors and multiple unexpected changes may be having on students’ mental health and well-being.
UCS has been concerned about an increase in racist and/or xenophobic violence towards members of the Asian (particularly Chinese) community and those who are perceived as being members of said community. Ranging from jokes and derogatory remarks to physical attacks, these incidents have impacted members of our VCU community with family throughout the country and abroad. These occurrences may lead to an increase in concerns about one’s well-being and safety, as well as those of their loved ones.
The UCS team is reaching out to not only express concern but to also encourage you to seek support. UCS crisis services continue to be available by phone. During business hours on weekdays (8:00 am - 4:30 pm), students experiencing a crisis may call UCS at 804-828-6200 and ask to speak to a clinician. Outside of those hours, students may call the VCU Police emergency line at 804-828-1234 and ask to speak to the on-call clinician.
UCS after-hours crisis services are accessible by calling 804.828.1234 and asking to speak to the on-call clinician.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1.800.273.8255
Crisis Text Line - 741741
Disaster Distress Helpline - 1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
In Virginia - contact your local Community Services Board for crisis services, as well as additional support in accessing mental health services in your area.
Outside of Virginia
DC Department of Behavioral Health 24/7 Access HelpLine - 888.793.4357
Maryland Behavioral Health Administration - Crisis Connect - call 211, select 1
Free and confidential 24/7 resources for Survivors
Richmond Regional hotline: 804-612-6126
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
LGBTQ+ free and confidential resources
Virginia 24/7 hotline: 866-356-6998
Virginia 24/7 Text support: 804-793-9999