The Counseling Center is available both in-person and online. Costs are covered through student fees, so there are no “out-of-pocket” expenses.

To make an appointment, call 304-534-7878 or email access@pierpont.edu

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, please contact our office at (304) 534-7878 (8:00-4:00,M-F) or dial 911 for immediate help.

There are three easy ways to schedule:

  1. You can call us directly at (304) 534-7878
  2. Stop by Room 121 at the Advanced Technology Center OR
  3. Email access@pierpont.edu

Mental Health Crises are Temporary – But Can Be Dangerous. Anyone can experience a mental health crisis.

Defining a Crisis: A mental health crisis is a state of mind in which a person feels overwhelmed with life-stressors or with a recurrence of a mental illness and is unable to cope with their resulting feelings and thoughts. When the feelings reach a level of being a harm for the person or others, this is a crisis state.

When to immediately call for help: Situations that involve imminent danger and that warrant immediate emergency care, such as transport to the nearest emergency room, include but are not limited to:

  • A suicide attempt
  • When another person’s life is threatened
  • Intense, uncontrollable anger or inability to regain a calm state
  • Experiencing disturbing physical sensations that are not real
  • Beliefs that cannot possibly be true and are disturbing, possibly with uncontrollable racing thoughts
  • Making choices that result in serious danger for self and others
  • Becoming unable to care for her/himself, resulting in risk of serious harm
  • Experiencing medication problems like serious side effects
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose
  • Drinking until passing out and unable to be roused or experiences seizures
  • Sexual assault

Who to call for help: Call 911 when:

  • Any of the items listed above are occurring (see when to immediately call for help)
  • You need someone to arrive on the scene immediately
  • You are in any situation that is potentially violent or dangerous (ex., someone is threatening to harm themselves or others; someone is acting in bizarre, aggressive or unusual ways)
  • You feel unsafe for any reason

In case of sexual assault:

For an after-hours mental health crisis that does not involve imminent danger: Please utilize a local or national crisis line for assistance.

Pierpont’s Student Mental Health Advocacy is the NAMI student group. For more information, email jmarshall16@pierpont.edu

If you have a concern about yourself or others and you do not know who to turn to, contact the CARE Team.

The CARE Team is committed to improving individual and community safety. To contact the CARE Team you can email CARE@pierpont.edu or fill out a CARE Report Form.

Our counseling services are for students only. Employees and faculty, please contact Human Resources for information about free and confidential counseling through Pierpont’s Employee Assistance Program.   For information about this program, consult the employee handbook.

Self Assessment / Wellness Apps

College life is stressful! Juggling class time, homework, jobs, tests, family, lack of sleep, fast food, and more can result in undesirable mental and physical stress reactions. Most everyone has days when they just feel “off” or out of sorts, and the pressure of being in college can increase those feelings. When this continues for a week or more and you just cannot shake it off, then it might be time to assess what is happening to you and explore ways to help yourself feel better.

Below are links to sites that have self-assessments to determine the level of your distress, in addition to information and wellness sites and apps that can help you find things to do to help yourself.

For more information or to talk to a counselor about what is happening to you, contact our office at 304-534-7878 or stop by ATC Room 121.

Assessments:

Information:

Wellness:

Check out this free phone app for times that you are feeling bad and need to reach out to others. notokapp.com

Assessments:

  • Substance and drug use frequently occur with other problems (ex., depression, anxiety). Check out the other sections.
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs

Information:

Wellness:

Find treatment facilities across the country

Assessments:

Information:

Wellness:

Search for Guided Meditations Anxiety on YouTube

Assessments:

  • Assessments for attention problems must be done by a qualified professional. For a referral, please contact our office.

Information:

Wellness:

Assessments:

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Wellness:

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Wellness:

  • Pierpont’s Office of Counseling: to speak to a professional – Contact our office
  • Marion County Health Department (300 2nd Street, Fairmont) – needle exchange program: 3rd Thursday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00

Assessments:

  • If you are thinking of suicide or are feeling hopeless, contact someone right away. For immediate help, see the red box at the bottom of the page for contact information or call one of the resources show under Wellness below.
  • If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or are feeling hopeless, contact our office now to speak to a professional to get an assessment or a referral.

Information:

Wellness:

The links below are to find help, to find a person to talk to.

Contact Information

Support Services
Advanced Technology Center – Room 121
Phone: (304) 534-7878
Email: access@pierpont.edu
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.