Counseling & Advocacy

Rio recognizes the importance of mental health. We provide FREE counseling from licensed professionals and case management services. Working with community partners, we strive to provide the Rio Family with the support they need. Students, staff, and faculty have a safe supported space to heal.


Crisis Unit

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Hopewell Health, a partner of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, identifies the importance of being prepared for crisis situations, leading them to provide a free service to members of URG/RGCC for the immediate response to mental and behavioral distress. If any staff, student, or faculty indicates that he/she/they are at risk of harming themselves, please call  1-800-252-5554 


Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program

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Advocate Available through the week
The Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program is a rape crisis center serving Athens, Gallia, Hocking Meigs, Morgan, Perry, and Vinton counties throughout Southeast Ohio.  Seeking to create a SAFE community where victims and survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, and stalking are thoroughly respected and supported.  SAOP works to empower the community through access to confidential advocacy services, awareness raising and education, and through creating a coordinated community response to violence.
Contact the Student Affairs office at 740-245-7350


Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know needs help now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911.

Ohio is making it easier for individuals who are experiencing a stressful situation to find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword “4hope” to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. Trained crisis counselors are on stand-by to provide a personal response and information on a range of issues, including; suicidal thoughts, bullying, depression, self-harm, and more. The specialist helps the user stay safe and healthy with effective, secure support.
For additional information on suicide prevention, please refer to:

Some Coping Tips to Support Your Mental Health


Meditating in order to breathe and stay calm in moments of stress. This meditation link can help with stress. It will help to make sure you are in a positive, quiet space and that you are comfortable.

Disclaimer: Make sure you are NOT driving and/or NOT operating any type of vehicle while listening to this specific meditation, as it is beneficial to close your eyes while listening and relaxing. 


Physical exercise to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. This could be taking a walk, jog or run, yoga, lifting weights, plus much more.


Reaching out to someone in your support system just to vent. Reach out for support within your support system. A support system could look like a friend, family member or a co-worker.



Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity operated by the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College ("Rio Grande"). Title IX ensures equal access to those programs and activities for our students and employees of all gender identities. Rio Grande is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

It is the policy of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College not to discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Affirmative Action Office of the University and the Community College, (740) 245-7228, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College affirms that policies and practices relating to housing, academic and social life, and employment are applied without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetic information, gender identity, genetic information, religion, disability, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political affiliation. or other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. Inquiries in this regard should be directed to the President of the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College.

We're Listening

The office of Mental Wellbeing is here for you though resources, support groups, or individual counseling. 

Brittany Franklin

  • Director of Mental Wellbeing