Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering and loss to individuals, families and communities nationwide. Davis & Elkins College is committed to working with its state and federal partners, public and private organizations, community partners and others to provide the assistance and prevention resources needed.

West Virginia House Bill 2535, or “Jamie’s Law,” was passed during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session. Jamie’s Law requires public middle and high school administrators to disseminate and provide opportunities to discuss suicide prevention awareness information to all middle and high school students; requires each public and private institution of higher education to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on suicide prevention programs available on and off campus; requires each public and private institution of higher education to provide all incoming students with information about depression and suicide prevention resources available to students; requires the posting of certain information on the website of the public and private institutions of higher education, the Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education; and requires the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities to post on its website suicide prevention awareness information.

 

Campus and Local Resources

  • Emergencies: dial 911
  • D&E Student Health Services (to access on-campus counseling services): 304-637-1234
  • Appalachian Community Health Center: 304-636-3232
  • Davis Medical Center: 304-636-3300
  • Life Reflections: 304-637-1002

 

State and National Resources

 

Counseling and Wellness Services

Students can schedule an appointment with a professionally credentialed psychologist/counselor by calling Student Health Services at 304-637-1234. All conversations with professionally credentialed psychologists/counselors are confidential.

Students can also talk with a member of the Student Life staff at any time by calling 304-637-1211. They are available to listen and help guide students through the many challenges of college life.

In the case of a mental health emergency or crisis after hours, students may contact the Appalachian Community Health Center at 304-636-3232. Appalachian Community Health Center staff are on call 24/7.  Students can also report to the Davis Medical Center Emergency Department, call 911 or contact Women’s Aid in Crisis at 304-636-8433. In addition, the Elkins Police Department may be contacted at 911.

Referrals may be made to Student Health Services at 304-637-1234 by faculty, staff, parents and students if there are concerns about a student. They may call or email (click here for the At-Risk Student Reporting Form) with their concern and we will attempt to make contact with the student to offer support. Please note that unless the student consents, the Office of Student Life will not be able to share information about the student with the person making the referral. See the College Student of Concern Policy for additional information.

Counseling through D&E Student Health Services is free to the College's students. The counselor can provide information and referrals for local psychologists to the College students, faculty and staff.

The content of the meetings with a professionally credentialed psychologist/counselor will be kept confidential. Information shared will not be given to individuals without the student’s knowledge and written permission. There are some exceptions arising from ethical and legal requirements such as imminent harm to a student or someone else (including child abuse or elder abuse) and certain legal situations, which require disclosure. These limitations will be discussed at the first appointment. Also see the College’s Gender-Based Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Code of Conduct for additional information regarding confidentiality issues involving sexual offense incidents.

Note: The College psychologists/counselors are not considered to be “campus security authorities” and are, therefore, not required to report crimes for inclusion into the College’s annual disclosure of crime statistics without the client’s express consent. They may, however, inform victims of crime that they are counseling of the College’s procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, anonymous basis for inclusion into the College’s annual crime statistics.

 

Care Team

The College is committed to supporting student well-being and to maintaining continuity of its educational mission at all times. In that regard, the College provides a procedure for the referral, evaluation, and appropriate disposition of students of concern. Faculty, staff, and students at all levels of the College may identify students of concern, including students displaying disruptive behavior, and bring them to the attention of the Office of Student Life, where the Vice President for Student Affairs has the prerogative to convene the Care Team.

More information about the Care Team behavioral assessment, terms and definitions, goals, procedures, and case and policy review can be found in the Student Handbook.