Mental Health & Emotional Support
The counseling office is a great starting point for students in need of help. Whether the issue is a mental health issue such as anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts; or a situational problem such as relationship, academic, or financial; help is available. Information disclosed to the counselor will be kept confidential and will only be released under the following circumstances: your written permission; suspected physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child or incapacitated adult; if you appear to be a threat to yourself or someone else; court order; or medical emergency.
The counselor on campus is available to provide emotional support to students with emotional or mental health issues. Students in need of therapy are referred to a local counseling center that provides services to adults18 years and older, with little or no cost, depending on income.
Suicide is a growing concern on college campuses. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college age students. If you are having thoughts of ending your life, please reach out to a friend, family member, counselor or hotline. If you are experiencing an emergency go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. Help does exist, and people do care.
Three of the best Suicide Prevention Crisis line options we have identified include not only a telephone number for speaking to a trained volunteer, but also a contact number for those who prefer to text a trained volunteer and another link for those who prefer to communicate with a trained volunteer via live chat online.
Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, toll free at: 1-800-273-8755, or log onto their website for more information. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting 741741. A trained volunteer from Crisis Text Line will communicate with you via text. For more information, log onto their website. https://www.crisistextline.org/
Log onto IMALIVE at www.imalive.org and click the "chat now" button.
If the counselor is unavailable, there are other counseling resources available to students. Counseling Resources Link
What is Western Oklahoma State College?
AboutWestern Oklahoma State College, established as Altus Junior College in 1926, is the oldest original municipal two-year college still in existence in Oklahoma...
VisionWestern Oklahoma State College aspires to be the outstanding and innovative community college known for its focus on student success and its service to community and regional development.
MissionThe mission of Western Oklahoma State College is to provide high quality education while ensuring equity, supporting student success, and empowering individuals to become productive members of diverse local, regional, and global communities.