It’s Okay to Be Not Okay

Feelings of anxiety and depression can be difficult to describe, let alone experience, but that does not mean you are alone in what you are feeling. There are many resources available to help give you the information and support you deserve.

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support:

Call the NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE at 800-273-8255 

Text the CRISIS TEXT LINE at 741741.

You are not alone.

It's OkayCampus Resources

Below is a list of resources if you or someone you know needs support or more information about depression and anxiety. You are not alone.

CASAS
www.wwu.edu/casas
360-650-3700
Old Main 585B

A program of Prevention and Wellness Services, Consultation and Sexual Assault Support (CASAS) is Western’s confidential and compassionate response to acts of violence. Our staff assists students of all identities by providing emotional support and access to all available resources to ensure students continue to be academically successful while they move through their healing process. CASAS also provides support to friends and family members of those who have experienced violence. ​

COUNSELING CENTER
www.wwu.edu/counseling
360-650-3164
Old Main 540

Western's Counseling Center offers individual counseling, group counseling, and mental health services. Its mission is to facilitate student success and psychological well-being through culturally sensitive clinical services, outreach, and consultation. The Counseling Center is the home to Western's Suicide Prevention Program and the Men's Resiliency Program. The Suicide Prevention Program offers free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training to all students, faculty, and staff. QPR is a nationally recognized, evidence-based suicide prevention training designed to help you identify common warning signs for suicide, have a compassionate and non-judgmental conversation with a distressed or suicidal student, and help the student access mental health support. Email suicideprevention@wwu.edu for more information. The Men's Resiliency Program offers events that challenge cultural male-normative expectations of masculinity and promotes seeking help and support to be resilient at Western and beyond. Email mens.resiliency@wwu.edu for more information.

National Resources

ACTIVE MINDS
www.activeminds.org

Active Minds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering college students to speak openly about mental health. Through peer-led events and programs, Active Minds strives to remove the stigma around mental health issues and foster open dialogue on campuses across the country around mental health issues.

ADAA
www.adaa.org

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with anxiety, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders by promoting evidence-based treatments and best practices and reducing stigma through training and outreach.

Crisis Text Line
www.crisistextline.org

The Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential support to people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 to connect to a trained Crisis Counselor. Their website is full of support resources.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255, provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Their website offers support resources as well.

NAMI
www.nami.org

The National Alliance on Mental Health is a national association mental health organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing support and education for millions of Americans affected by mental illness through training, public policy advocacy, and large-scale public awareness events, such as Mental Illness Awareness Week and NAMI Walks.

NIMH
www.nimh.org

A division of the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health is the largest biomedical research agency in the world dedicated to research and treatment of mental disorders. Its mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research.