Mental Health Resources

Emergency Numbers

  • VCU University Counseling Services After-Hours Line(804) 828-6200
  • 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (En Espanol: 1-888-628-9454)
  • 24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text "START" to 741-741

VCU Resources & Services

University Counseling Services (UCS) 

UCS offers free individual, group, and couple's therapy services to VCU students.  Two locations are available on the Monroe Park and VCU Medical Center campuses.

  • To schedule an appointment, students must present in person to either location.
  • Crisis walk-in appointments are available Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health emergency and want to speak with a crisis clinician, then please call University Counseling Services at (804) 828-6200 day or night. Students will no longer need to call VCU police for mental health emergencies.

UCS also offers an extensive variety of self-help resources.  Two popular self-help modules created by UCS include Stress Management and Coping with Overwhelming Feelings.

VCU's Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) 

CPSD offers individual and group counseling services to the Richmond community on a sliding fee scale.  No referral is needed.  To apply for services, clients can submit applications online, by fax, by mail, or in person.  Group therapy options include:

  • Anxiety Group: This group therapy program uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to target social anxiety, panic attacks, worry, obsessions and compulsions, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and other anxiety-related concerns. Group leaders provide education about anxiety and teach specific coping skills.
    • New Anxiety Group starting on January 24, 2019.
    • Fees range from $5-10 per session; 10-12 sessions total.
    • Call 804-828-8069 to learn more. The deadline to join is by group start date as long as seats are available.
  • Process Group: These are un-themed group therapy sessions open to any problem type. Enrollment is ongoing as long as seats are open. Fees range from $5-10 per session. 
Health Promotion and Well-Being Center (The Well)  

The Well offers a wide range of services and resources for students, including info on mental health and mindfulness, sexual health, substance use, and more.  

  • The Resilience Lab is a new stress management resource offered by the Well that uses biofeedback to reduce stress and increase resilience.  Students can schedule self-guided or 1:1 biofeedback sessions that use practical exercises and HeartMath biofeedback technology to learn how stress affects their body and how to reduce it.  1:1 biofeedback sessions will allow students to work individually with a trained staff member to identify sources of stress, problem solve, and practice relaxation techniques with the biofeedback software.  To learn more or schedule a session, click on the link above.
  • Other mindfulness events offered by the Well include guided mindfulness sessions (Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.) and mindfulness with Resilience Lab sessions.  The Well also maintains an extensive list of local and online mindfulness resources.  
  • A full calendar of events offered by The Well is available online.  This includes regular weekly events, as well as special monthly events.
Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity (SAEO)

Some students with mental health conditions (such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, etc.) may qualify for services and academic accommodations through SAEO.  Health Sciences students should contact the Division for Academic Success for assistance.

Student Health Brochures


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