24-Hour Counseling for UNH

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of Ambro

During Public Health Week at UNH, I had the liberty to attend a seminar run by Dr. David Cross, Director of the UNH Counseling Center. His presentation focused on identifying “at risk” students on campus and what can be done to help them. With nine licensed psychologists, three pre-doctoral interns, one post-doctoral fellow, and three administrative staff, the Counseling Center is located on the third floor of Smith Hall. The center offers multiple services ranging from individual and group counseling to stress debriefing, GLBT, alcohol and drug abuse, eating concerns bereavement, and suicide assessment and prevention.

Dr. Cross focused largely on suicide, how signs can be recognized and what steps you can take to prevent a suicide from occurring. With 5000 people ages 15-24 dying from suicide and two cases sadly occurring this year at UNH, the counseling center offers 24-hour emergency services. Signs to look for include a lack of joy in activities that previously were enjoyable, feeling hopeless, difficulty making decisions, feeling worthless, and depression. Check out the Counseling Center website for more information on services available and tune into what is going on this month. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. SHARRP and the Counseling Center will be hosting activities to increase awareness and support. Counseling Center Hours are 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.

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