Lawrence Center, Second Level
705 S. New Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Public Safety: 610-436-3311 for safety concerns
610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns
Emergency Medical Services:
610-436-3311 (will link to 911)
Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc:
610-692-7273 (sexual assault)
610-692-7420 (other crimes)
National trans-led organization with info and hotline: 877-565-8860
610-692-7273 (sexual assault)
This hotline is used for those who have been a victim of a sexual crime or attempted sexual crime. This can include rape, sexual assault, inappropriate touching, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, incest, trafficking, child pornography, and more. Please call the hotline if you have been a victim of a sexual crime and need assistance, or if you have any questions regarding a sexual crime.
610-692-7420 (other crimes)
This hotline is used for those who have been a victim of any non-sexual crime. This may include domestic violence, physical abuse, arson, homicide survivors, robbery, theft, identity theft, assaults, DUI victims, harassment, stalking, labor trafficking, and all other non-sexual crimes. Please call this hotline if you have been a victim of a crime and need support from an advocate, or if you have any immediate questions about a crime that occurred.
Our physical address is:
135 W. Market Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Our general office number is:
All services provided to victims of crime and their families are completely free of charge and are confidential*, regardless of whether or not the client wishes to report a crime to law enforcement.
*The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc. (CVC) treats communications with clients as confidential except in circumstances in which CVC receives information that a child has been or may be abused or that a client is planning to inflict self-harm or harm others.
Crisis Text Line
Text START to 741-741
This is a free, crisis text line. A trained crisis counselor will receive the text and respond quickly. This service is not sponsored nor supported by the University; this is a free nationwide crisis text line for anyone to use. For additional information see http://www.crisistextline.org
Students must walk in during Triage hours* to begin counseling appointments.
Open when classes are in session
Any after-hours emergencies must go through Public Safety (610-436-3311)
Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm (during Fall and Spring Semesters)
It is first-come/first-served, so allow enough time to complete computerized "paperwork" and then meet face-to-face with a counselor for a brief assessment
There is no charge for a triage assessment or counseling with a counselor at the Counseling Center
The mission of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (The Counseling Center) is to promote optimal health through the provision of quality mental health services for all currently enrolled West Chester University students. We are a short-term Counseling Center, so sessions are limited; however, we also have a Clinical Case Manager to assist with off-campus services. We are also a training site, meaning advanced doctoral students engage in the provision of therapeutic services to students under the supervision of licensed counselors. The Counseling Center is in Lawrence Center, Suite 241 -- it is a welcoming environment that appreciates multiculturalism and diversity.
The WCU Counseling Center has a new unique online service we are offering WCU students. Our goal is to enhance student wellness by helping students identify – and do something about – stress, anxiety, depression and other problems that can interfere with academic, social and personal functioning.
Clicking this link (wcu.caresforyou.org) will take you to a secure website where you have the option of completing a brief online questionnaire. You can submit your questionnaire anonymously, using a self-assigned User ID.
If you do submit a questionnaire, a WCU counselor will review it and send a personal response to you over the secure website, which will include any recommendations for follow-up. You will then have an opportunity to exchange online messages with the counselor through the anonymous dialogue feature using only your User ID, or to set up a face-to-face meeting to talk to the counselor in more detail.
We urge all students to take advantage of this safe and easy way to find out if stress, anxiety or depression may be affecting you. The good news is that treatments for these challenges are highly effective and are available right here in the WCU community.
In light of the sad news about several individuals who ended their lives, we are posting the following resources:
It is important for everyone to know that taking one's life does not make it any better
for those who knew them. Individuals who are feeling depressed and suicidal sometimes think
it will ease the burden --that others will not miss them -- that is absolutely not
true. Everyone is loved and should know that there is hope! Life can be challenging,
and in this day of social media, it seems like everyone's life "on line" is great.
We know that simply is not true.
So, if you are feeling that you don't know where to turn and you are feeling hopeless, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Student Activism: In light of recent events, we provide the following suggestions.
The Most IMPORTANT way to care for yourself, is to: TAKE BREAKS
Activism is emotionally and physically exhausting. Give yourself permission to take breaks –you need to recharge!
Ways to take breaks:
Disengage from Social Media
Self-care looks different for everyone. Take some time to create a personal plan of how to take care of yourself and tend to your needs.
HOW TO DEAL WITH HATE SPEECH
There are times you may read or hear something bigoted, offensive, deplorable, or hateful. There are many ways to respond to this. Sometimes, it is most powerful to make your voice heard by speaking out. You can do this by addressing the source, posting online, joining a group/cause, talking to a government official or law officer, or speaking with family/friends. There are other times when your safety may feel threatened by speaking out. This is an important time to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Never act violently – you may harm yourself or others. Instead, seek support from people you trust.
Remember that the work you do as an activist is courageous, empathic, and valuable. Be good to yourself while you be good to the world.
We realize that acts of massive violence are hard to understand and grasp. It is more widespread and you may feel afraid and traumatized just looking at the media coverage. The shootings may challenge your sense of safety, equilibrium, and hope for the future. For some, it will trigger memories and feelings that are difficult to process. These occurrences do elicit many different emotions, such as shock, sorrow, numbness, fear, and anger. You may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, and continuing with your coursework.
Here are some tips on managing your emotions and recovering your sense of balance:
It's not always easy to navigate the transition when your student goes off to college. If you've ever wondered about the most effective ways to support your student now that they're at WCU, please take a look at the video. Parent/Families Message from the President