Asking for help is the first step, and although it can be challenging, recognizing that your mental health is just as important as your physical health is so important.  This section will hopefully open the door to the many resources available whether that be on campus, in the community or on a national level.  


Ask for help - We are ready to listen.


  • Call 911
  • National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988 - 24/7, Free, Confidential
  • Voices4 Sexual Assault in Michigan Hotline - 24/7 Free Confidential: 855-864-2374 (855-VOICES4)
  • RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline - 24/7 Free Confidential: 800-656-4673 (800-656-HOPE)


The University Counseling Center offers group counseling, individual counseling and a self-help section with a diverse online toolkit to assist you with managing various issues.  

* Athletics department staff, coaches and student-athletes are trained through the University Counseling Center on the nationally recognized suicide prevention program QPR - Question. Persuade. Refer.

* Our student-athletes complete a comprehensive online screening annually at their pre-participation medical exam.  The screenings are reviewed and discussed on-site with a member of the University Counseling Center.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Services office offers group therapy, recovery meetings and online assessments and workshops.

The CARE TEAM is a team of university staff who support students through challenges they may experience during their time at GVSU. 

* Anyone can submit a CARE report if they are concerned about a student enrolled at GVSU.


  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
    • International nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety, depression and co-occurring disorder.

  • Athlete Ally
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    • An upstream mental health and suicide prevention program with a simple four step action plan. 
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
    • Patient-directed organization focusing on depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.

  • Families for Depression Awareness
    • Organization that offering education, training, and support to unite families and help them heal while coping with mood disorders

  • Mental Health is Health

    • Online resource that helps individuals process and learn more about their emotions.

  • International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)

    • An organization dedicated to helping everyone affected by obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives. They aim is to increase access to effective treatment, end the stigma associated with mental health issues, and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.

  • Love is Louder

    • A community working to build a world where we all feel connected & supported. No matter who we are, where we’re from, what we’ve experienced or what challenges we face, there are things we can do to make connection and support louder in our lives and for the people around us.

  • Moving On! Athletes Making Healthy Transitions

    • A program developed in recognition of the importance -and challenges- of making a healthy transition out of college sports.  Moving on! provides educational resources related to physical activity and healthy eating behaviors of student athletes during and after their transition out of collegiate sports.

  • National Eating Disorders Association

    • Nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. 

  • National Institute of Mental Health
    • Information about mental health from the U.S. government.

  • National Network of Depression Centers
    • The NNDC develops and fosters connections among members to use the power of its network, to advance scientific discovery, and to provide stigma free, evidence-based care to patients with depressive and bipolar illnesses.

  • NCAA Sport Science Institute

    • Mind, Body and Sport Handbook is a collection of chapters from experts in the field combined with first-person stories designed to help student-athletes, athletics administrators and campus partners understand and support student-athlete mental wellness.

  • Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
    • Promotes improvement in lives affected by schizophrenia-related brain illnesses (mental illnesses involving psychosis). SARDAA promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration, and advocacy.
  • Seize the Awkward
    • A national campaign, in partnership with Ad Council and AFSP, that encourages teens and young adults to “seize the awkward” by reaching out to a friend who may be struggling with mental health problems.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    • A federally funded organization that provides prevention support, training, and resource materials to strengthen suicide prevention networks.
  • Voices4
    • A local government resource focused on providing information for sexual assault and abuse survivors throughout the lifespan.  Resources include health options, various ways to report, victims' rights in Michigan, rape kit testing and how to help survivors.  The website also provides information about Michigan's new sexual assault hotline and how to be connected to local resources.
  • YWCA - West Central Michigan
    • A local resource located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids that provides services related to domestic and sexual violence.


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