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Mental health problems are common in a college student population. Getting help early can reduce distress and prevent a problem from becoming a crisis. If you, or someone you know, may be experiencing overwhelming distress or other symptoms of a possible mental health problem.  Below are resources available for students on campus or in the community.

Everyone feels distressed at some point and it is important to know help is available. Learn how you and friends can respond and connect with resources when you or someone else is hurting.


FAQ

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Where can I go for help with a mental health issue?

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling services to currently enrolled students to address a variety of emotional and psychological issues. Call 512-245-2161 to schedule an appointment.

Where can I go for help with medical management of a mental health issue?

The Student Health Center has primary care doctors and psychiatrists that can provide medical management of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and ADHD.
Call 512-245-2161 to schedule an appointment.

How do I know if I have a mental health problem?

The Counseling Center has free, confidential online mental health screening that provides information and recommendations for resources.
For additional help, contact the Counseling Center at 512-245-2208.

What should I do if someone is feeling hopeless and thinking about suicide?

If someone is threatening suicide, call 911 to get immediate assistance. Students in severe distress can be seen at the Counseling Center (512-245-2208) on an urgent basis during normal business hours.

The Avail Crisis Hotline 877-466-0660
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-877-466-0660
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

How do I get help with a sexual assault?

If you are in immediate danger call 911.

Texas State provides a variety of on and off-campus sexual assault resources.

If you want to speak with an advocate immediately please call the HCWC Helpline at 512-396-HELP (4357).


For more information, select from a topic below.

Emergency Resources

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources

Numerous on-campus, community, and on-line organizations that provide crisis and suicide prevention services, hotlines, text, and chat room support.

University Police Department (UPD)

Texas State’s UPD is a full-service agency that provides law enforcement and crime prevention for the university community. UPD also provides students with safety resources such as Krav Maga self-defense training, bike R.I.D.E registration, and safe transport after dusk by Bobcat Bobbies.

Student Emergency Services: Dean of Students Office

Student Emergency Services, a part of the Dean of Students Office, helps students by providing emergency financial assistance, absence notification, and students displaced from their residence due to fire or flooding.

Emergency Management

There are a variety of ways for students to stay knowledgeable and safe if an emergency situation arises. Visit the Texas State Emergency Management website to familiarize yourself with appropriate emergency procedures and sign up for alerts in order to be notified in the event of an emergency.

Sexual Assault Resources

Campus and community resources are provided for students affected by sexual and domestic violence. Resources are available for counseling, advocacy and legal support.


Counseling & Treatment

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers free and confidential counseling services to currently enrolled students to address a variety of adjustment and emotional issues. Services provided include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation regarding concerns about others, psychiatric and medication referral services, online and self-help resources, referral services to community providers and resources, and workshops on a variety of mental health topics.  Click here for information for the Round Rock location.

Counseling Clinic

The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University strives to meet the mental health needs of the community by offering counseling services to community members at two locations: the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. Individual adult, adolescent, and child clients are welcome, as are couples and families seeking additional support in their lives.

Assessment Clinic

The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University offers an Assessment Clinic as a resource for students who are seeking assessment for possible learning difficulties or conditions that may affect learning (e.g., ADHD, autism, and learning differences). The clinic offers assessment based on a sliding scale.

Community Referrals for Counseling & Resources

The Counseling Center at Texas State has a Referral Specialist who can assist students and former students in learning about counseling and other resources (e.g. housing, food, health care) available in the community.  The Referral Specialist assists students in making initial contact with an outside provider or agency and can provide follow-up support.

Alcohol & Drug Compliance Services- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope to help themselves and others recover from alcoholism. There are no dues or fees for an AA membership. Meetings are offered on campus as well as off campus in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding area.

Sexual Assault Resources

Campus and community resources are provided for students affected by sexual and domestic violence. Resources are available for counseling, advocacy and legal support.

Mental Health Community Resources

Mental Health in Texas is dedicated to helping residents of Texas find support and resources in their communities. *This link may take you to a security warning page if you are on a university computer. By clicking continue anyway you will be directed to the correct page.*

Narcotic Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. There are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Al-Anon

Supporting someone who has an addiction while trying to attend school can be a challenge, but it’s important to have a safe outlet of peers who will understand and support you.  If you are looking to connect with others and share your own experiences there are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Samaritan Center for Counseling

The Samaritan Center for Counseling provides professional counseling, integrative medicine, and psychiatric services that are accessible and affordable for people, especially vulnerable populations such as uninsured or underinsured low-income families, and veterans struggling with the emotional wounds of war. They have 6 locations including San Marcos and Round Rock.

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center

The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center in San Marcos is dedicated to helping children, adults and families understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a transformational manner. These bereavement services are available to the community at no cost.

CommuniCare

CommuniCare is a full-service primary health care system which offers an array of medical, dental, and mental health services, CommniCare has multiple locations in Hays, Bexar, and Kendall counties.


Health & Wellness

Student Health Center

Student Health Center  primary care physicians and psychiatrists provide mental health services to students with a variety of mental health concerns, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, bipolar disorders and eating disorders. Health Promotion Services offers educational programs on mental health related topics. Click here for information for the Round Rock location.

Sleep Center

The Sleep Center at Texas State University provides education, research, and diagnostic services to students. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the Sleep Center works with primary care physicians to help individuals solve sleep-related difficulties that can impact mental health and academics.

Campus Recreation

Regular exercise is an effective way to relieve stress, help you sleep better, improve your memory, and boost your mood. Services include informal/drop-in recreation, intramural sports, sport clubs, outdoor recreation, fitness classes, extracurricular opportunities, and outdoor equipment rentals and programs.

CommuniCare

CommuniCare is a full-service primary health care system which offers an array of medical, dental, and mental health services, CommniCare has multiple locations in Hays, Bexar, and Kendall counties.


Creating Connections

Student Involvement

Student Involvement promotes participation in student organizations, leadership training and service opportunities. Getting involved is a great way to develop skills and build supportive relationships.

Student Success- Retention Management and Planning (RMP)

RMP helps students get connected, find support, and adjust to being a Texas State Bobcat. RMP provides mentoring (Bobcat Bond), academic coaching/workshops (Brilliant Bobcats), and opportunities to meet fellow students. Support and programming initiatives are also provided for specific student populations such as students who grew up in the foster care system, first year students commuting, males, and students who are parents.

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI)

Office of SDI provides academic, cultural and personal support for underrepresented students for purposes of degree completion and leadership in a culturally diverse and global society. SDI offers programs, conferences, graduation celebrations, and support for male, LGBTQIA, veterans, students of color, undocumented, and other underrepresented students.

Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE)

PACE at Texas State provides comprehensive academic advising and support programs for first-year students. Services are available by appointment and include course recommendations, GPA calculation/projection, setting academic goals, and exploration of possible majors. Learning to effectively navigate through the first year of college can help reduce stress and increase success.

Department of Housing and Residential Life (DHRL)

Campus housing provides a supervised environment conducive to healthy personal and social development. A variety of programs and activities help students to develop a sense of community and contribute to personal growth. Residence hall directors and assistants serve as resources for students struggling with problems and can help refer to campus resources when necessary.

Veterans Affairs

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming and challenging. While navigating school and veteran affair issues it can beneficial to stay connected with the university. The Office of Veterans Affairs assists veterans by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

The Texas State community is stronger when there is a diverse student body.  Attending a new school in a different country can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. The International Office at Texas State assists in serving as immigration advisers and compliance of governmental policies and regulations. They exist to help students by advocating on their behalf and providing services and information that facilitate their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success.

Religious, Spiritual and Faith Resources

As we learn more and more about the connections between the mind and body, it becomes clear that spirituality, religion and faith can help some individuals live well with mental health conditions. There are numerous religious and spiritual groups connected to Texas State and within walking distance of campus that can help you connect with your faith and other students:

Baptist Student Center | Christ Chapel | UCM Wesley | Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish | McCarty Student Center | San Marcos Masjid

Alcohol & Drug Compliance Services, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope to help themselves and others recover from alcoholism. There are no dues or fees for an AA membership. Meetings are offered on campus as well as off campus in San Marcos, Round Rock and the surrounding area.

Narcotic Anonymous (NA)

Any individual who struggles with an addiction or wants to support someone with an addiction can find support at Texas State and within the San Marcos community. Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.

Al-Anon

Supporting a loved one who has an addiction while trying to attend school can be a challenge, but it’s important to have a safe outlet of peers who will understand and support you. If you are looking to connect with others and share your own experiences there are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies of LGBTQIA People (PFLAG)

PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQIA people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. Click here to find a PFLAG Chapter.

Trevor Project

Connect with other LGBTQIA students and affirming services through The Trevor Project which offers life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQIA youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.


Social Justice

Ombuds Services: Dean of Students (DOS)

Students who have a grievance with another person associated with the university have multiple options to deal with the situation. The Dean of Students Office in the LBJSC provides Ombuds Services to address concerns of currently enrolled Texas State students, such as university instructor/professor conflicts, challenges with employer, or issues concerning grades. The DOS also makes referrals to other campus departments or offices when necessary.

Equity and Access  | Title IX

Discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault can impact your emotional and psychological well-being.  The Texas State University Equity and Access Office provides a safe place for reporting, investigating and addressing incidents involving discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault. To make a report, please contact Dr. Garcia at 512.245.2539.

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI)

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) provides academic, cultural and personal support for underrepresented students for purposes of degree completion and leadership in a culturally diverse and global society.  Located in the LBJSC, SDI offers programs, conferences, graduation celebrations, and support for male, LGBTQIA, veterans, students of color, undocumented, and other underrepresented students.

Diversity Connections

This directory allows you to search and find faculty/staff based on their racial/ethnic background, Ally status (Ally of Texas State, Trans Ally,  Veteran Friendly Ally, and Dreamer Ally), Department/Office, and Veteran Status.  Being connected with Texas State faculty and staff creates mentors, advocates, and increases your support system.  


Academic

Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Academic demands can be challenging in college and become a source of distress and stress.  Located in Alkek Library, SLAC provides academic support programs including a walk-in tutoring lab, Supplemental Instruction, Tutor Corps for student veterans, and excellent online resources. These services are also free to all students.

Student Success- Retention Management and Planning (RMP)

A key factor for students to be academically successful is to stay connected to their peers and school. The RMP helps students get connected, find support, and adjust to being a Texas State Bobcat. RMP also attends to second year and transfer students through mentoring (Bobcat Bond), academic coaching/workshops (Brilliant Bobcats), and opportunities to meet fellow students. Support and programming initiatives are also provided for specific student populations such as students who grew up in the foster care system, first year students commuting, males, and students who are parents. Their staff also follow up on PAWS Alerts submitted by concerned faculty and staff in order to connect you to useful resources.

Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE)

Freshmen year of college can often feel the most intimidating. Navigating all the different life changes can start to feel overwhelming. PACE at Texas State provides comprehensive academic advising and programs to first-year students. They specialize in supporting students’ academic success as they gain a better sense of who they are. Services are available by appointment and include course recommendations, GPA calculation/projection, setting academic goals, and exploration of possible majors.

Student Support Services (SSS)

Student Support Services (SSS) assists eligible first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who need academic and other support services to successfully complete their college education. Located in Sterry Hall they offer a number of services including creating an individualized success plan, one-on-one tutoring, workshops, and cultural activities all aimed at accelerate you on your path to success.

One Stop Center (OSC)

The One Stop Center team, located on the Round Rock campus, provides information and assistance for a variety of services. Helpful services, such as advising, financial aid, and Veterans Affairs are offered in person by appointment. 

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

Students with disabilities can experience high levels of stress that can impact their academics. The Office of Disability Services at Texas State are strong advocates for inclusion and access for students with disabilities and are available to answer any questions.

Testing Center (TREC)

Do you need academic testing accommodations based on your registration with the Office of Disability Services?  Are you looking to take correspondence exams, exams for credit, placement & college readiness tests? TREC provides these services and is located in Commons Hall.

Veterans Affairs

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming and challenging. While navigating school and Veteran Affair issues it can beneficial to stay connected with the university. The VA office assists veterans by answering questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

The Texas State community is stronger when there is a diverse student body. Attending a new school in a different country can be an exciting and fulfilling experience. Create a lot of questions and stress. This Office assists to help students by advocating on their behalf and providing information that facilitate their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success. Regularly utilizing and communicating with the International Office can help students when they initially arrive and throughout their tenure at Texas State.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

TWC is a state agency that assists individuals with disabilities by providing a variety of services as they enter employment or return to work. For students with disabilities, TWC may assist in their quest to earn a degree and enhance their employability. On-campus office at San Marcos campus:  512-245-3625.  San Marcos Office: 512-396-7930.  Round Rock Office: 512-310-3070


Legal & Financial

Attorney for Students

Legal and rental/leasing problems can be a source of significant stress that can impact your mental health.  The Attorney for Students provides legal advice to currently enrolled Texas State students in the areas of tenant, criminal, family, contract, employment and consumer protection law.  These services are provided at no charge to students.  To schedule an appointment, contact the office by calling 512-245-2370.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Are you stressed about the cost of tuition? Do you have a question regarding your loan or scholarship? Are you interested in seeing what loans and scholarships you are eligible for? Money can be a significant contributing factor to our daily stress and the Financial Aid and Scholarship office of Texas State can help you navigate your options.

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI)

The Office of SDI provides a number of scholarships to incoming and current students at Texas State.

Student Business Services

Are you stressed about the cost of tuition? Would you like more information about applying for an emergency loan or a short term loan? Money can be a significant contributing factor to our daily stress and knowing your financial options can help manage stress. Texas State University's Student Business Services office can help you navigate those options.

Money Savvy Cats

Do you feel prepared to navigate the cost of college and your personal finances? Many students arrive at college with inadequate knowledge about how to handle finance issues that can create stress within a student’s day to day life. Texas State recognizes this ongoing struggle and has created a peer-to-peer support and education program. Students learn about personal finance, money management and credit management through a nonbiased education approach. Have a peer from Money Savvy Cats come speak to your organization today or attend one of their monthly educational programs.

Veterans Affairs

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming and challenging. While navigating school and Veteran Affair issues it can beneficial to stay connected with the university. The Office of Veterans Affairs can answer questions concerning veteran educational benefits, certifying enrollments for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and monitoring veterans' degree plans and academic progress.

International Office

The Texas State community is stronger when there is a diverse student body. Attending a new school in a different country can be an exciting and fulfilling experience and create a lot of questions and stress. This office assists to help students by advocating on their behalf and providing information about their cultural adjustment, social integration, retention and success. Regularly utilizing and communicating with the International Office can help students when they initially arrive and throughout their tenure at Texas State.


Career

Career Services

Not sure what career field you want to pursue?  Need help finding a job, preparing for an interview, or improving your resume? Texas State's Career Services provides compassionate, comprehensive career assistance free of charge to students. Current students may click here to view campus jobs on Jobs4Cats.

Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE)

Freshmen year of college can often feel intimidating. Navigating all the different life changes can start to feel overwhelming. Wanting to talk to someone about personal and academic challenges and questions is completely normal and is a great way to minimize stress. PACE at Texas State provides comprehensive academic advising and programs to first-year students. They specialize in supporting students’ academic success as they gain a better sense of who they are. Services are available by appointment and include course recommendations, setting academic goals, and exploration of possible majors.

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

TWC is a state agency that assists individuals with disabilities by providing a variety of services as they enter employment or return to work. For students with disabilities, TWC may assist in their quest to earn a degree and enhance their employability. On-campus office: 512-245-3625. San Marcos Office: 512-396-7930.


Self-Help/Online Resources

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources

Numerous organizations provide crisis and suicide prevention hotlines, text, and chat room support. They can provide consultation for students.

Online Mental Health Screenings

Often student’s first step in accessing their stress levels of mental health condition is to go online. If students feel uncomfortable initially calling to schedule an appointment, the Counseling Center provides a free and confidential mental health screening. The screening offers information and recommendations for resources, if necessary. Please note that the results are not kept by the Texas State Counseling Center or any other entity and are for student information only.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation is the nation's leading organization that works to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among university students. Their website provides information created just for students.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Their website provides useful information and you can get involved with the NAMI Cats chapter at Texas State.

Transition Year

The Transition Year is an online resource center to help you focus on emotional health before, during, and after the college transition. If you are interested in finding ways to manage stress once on campus or want guidance on how to manage issues such as depression during college.

Active Minds

Active Minds is the nation's only nonprofit organization dedicated to utilizing the student voice to raise mental health awareness among college students.

Ulifeline

ULifeline is an anonymous online resource where individuals can learn more about their thoughts and feelings and reach out for help if necessary. Individuals can take a confidential screening, research health conditions or locate resources available on their campus.

Trevor Project

Would you like to connect with other LGBTQIA students and affirming services?  The Trevor Project offers life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQIA youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.

Narcotic Annoyomous (NA)

Any individual who struggles with an addiction or wants to support someone with an addiction can find support at Texas State and within the San Marcos community.  Dealing with addiction while also trying to graduate can be a challenge and increase stress. NA offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings with peers. There are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.

Al-Anon

It’s not unusual to feel unsure about going to your first Al‑Anon meeting. Supporting a loved one who has an addiction while trying to attend school can be a challenge, but it’s important to have a safe outlet of peers who will understand and support you.  If you are looking to connect with others and share your own experiences there are meetings in San Marcos, Round Rock, and the surrounding cities.


Education & Training

At-Risk For Students: Helping a Friend in Distress

Most college students say they would turn to their friends for support during times of stress, overwhelming anxiety, or depression. For many college students, this is not an easy topic to discuss but effective online training can help you to recognize warning signs and help your friends who may be at-risk. This training is a free online resource for students and provides interactive examples that can teach you to look for warning signs and how to help friends in distress.

How to DEAL (Develop Effective Approaches for Life) Workshops

The Counseling Center offers free 50 minute workshops in the LBJSC throughout the semester to assist students in developing skills and strategies in managing stress, reducing social anxiety, creating balance, and increasing happiness. Use the link to find the schedule, room number, and register.

Money Savvy Cats

Do you feel prepared to navigate the cost of college and your personal finances? Many students arrive at college with inadequate knowledge about how to handle finance issues that can create stress within a student’s day to day life. Texas State recognizes this ongoing struggle and has created a peer-to-peer support and education program. Students learn about personal finance, money management and credit management through a nonbiased education approach. Have a peer from Money Savvy Cats come speak to your organization today or attend one of their monthly educational programs.