If you are concerned about yourself or any Virginia Tech student being (or becoming) suicidal, please call the Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557. This number can be used during regular office hours or after-hours to speak with a counselor.
There are also other local resources to aid in an emergency.
Students in Crisis
Students who are in crisis should call 540-231-6557 and ask to be connected to a crisis clinician by phone. This person will help determine the next steps to address the crisis. The clinician will first attempt to meet the student's needs via a telehealth format, but the clinician will be available to meet face to face if telehealth is not sufficient. Examples of a crisis that might require a face to face, in person, meeting are experiencing significant thoughts of self-harm or harm to others, a recent trauma or sexual assault, psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or seeing things, or disruptions to thinking that damage the ability to function or be safe.
First Time Counseling Visits
Students begin their work with Cook Counseling Center with a Cook Connect appointment regardless if they are new to the center or have been seen previously. Prior to the appointment students will complete paperwork. During the appointment, a Connect Clinician will review the paperwork with the student, discuss the student's concerns, discuss treatment goals, discuss resources and therapy options, and collaboratively develop a Connect Plan to provide students with the support needed. Students will end the appointment with a Connection Plan.