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ASU opens helpline for students experiencing mental health issues

By Christian Hunick
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
One of many new Crisis Hotline displays along the campus walk. Students are encouraged to contact the number for support in troubling times.

ASU created a new crisis hotline early this year with the aim of helping students deal with stressful or traumatic situations.

"Our efforts were to provide additional support to students to aid in their success," Executive Director of Student Affairs Bradley Petty said.

The number for the hotline is (325)486-6345. Students may call for help any time or day, and a licensed professional will answer them.

The helpline is equipped to deal with a variety of issues.

"The Crisis Helpline can help students immediately with situations such as anxiety, thoughts of self-harm, unhealthy or violent relationship issues or alcohol or drug use that can no longer be controlled," Petty said.

In some cases, students who call may be referred to the ASU Counseling Center on Johnson Street, south of the Office Annex Buildings. The ASU Counseling Center provides confidential services to ASU students who have paid the current medical services fee.

The ASU Crisis Hotline is currently being promoted across campus. Junior Rowan Upton is one of the many students who noticed the information for the hotline displayed on signs and computer desktops.

"I think they have been advertising well," Upton said. "[The hotline] sounds like a good idea, as it makes it easier to get fast help for people who need it."

The cost of counseling and hassle of setting up appointments can deter some students from taking action in caring for their mental health, but the hotline eliminates this difficulty by providing immediate counseling services to registered ASU students.

Upton found the idea of calling the ASU Crisis Hotline easier than setting up a counseling appointment.

If students experience a mental health emergency that requires immediate medical assistance, though, the helpline staff still recommends going to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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