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Helping a Friend

We provide services to students who are concerned about someone else.  The friend may be in crisis and struggling with an ongoing issue like an eating disorder, depression, or a drinking problem.  At these times, we will work with you to be helpful to your friend while at the same time taking care of yourself.  We will also meet jointly with you and your friend if they are willing and it would be helpful.

Tips & Resources

  • Active Minds: Are you worried about a friend?
  • If your friend has been the victim of a sexual assault, please see the WSU Sexual Assault Resources.  Counseling Services is available for walk-in crisis each weekday.  Please call 507.457.5330 to schedule an appointment with your friend.  Also, encourage your friend to seek medical attention.  The Winona Health ER (507.457.4328) gives the most comprehensive medical evaluation following an assault.
  • If you have a friend who is suicidal and who has a plan, the best place for the most immediate care is the hospital.  Call 911 or go straight to the Emergency Room at Winona Health (855 Mankato Avenue [across from Target] – 507.457.4328).
  • Counseling Services reserves time every day for walk-in emergency appointments.  If your friend is willing to come over, we will meet with him or her and provide an assessment and safety plan.  Call 507.457.5330.  If your friend lives on-campus, RAs and Hall Directors are terrific support systems and should be included.
  • Other helpful sources of information include:
    • Local 24-hour Crisis Hotline: 1.800.362.8255
    • Great Rivers 211: Community information, referral, and crisis line
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)
    • Military Veterans Suicide Hotline 1.800.273.TALK – Press 1
    • LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline 1.866.4.U.TREVOR
    • Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center – Winona  507.454.4341
    • WSU Security – 507.457.5555