For many, life begins to pile up on them: college, work, sports, family life, and more. Others may struggle with social anxiety, homesickness, body image, or loss of relationships. We all handle things differently, showing unique sets of symptoms.

 

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five U.S. adults lived with mental illness in 2020. That’s 52.9 million people.

 

Take a Mental Health Screening

 

 

Please feel free to reach out to Counselor Donna Price, MSW at donnap@shawneecc.edu or stop by her office (H2081) if you need to talk, Monday- Friday 7:45am- 4:15pm.

 

If you are a student at an Extension Center and need assistance, please reach out. Telehealth sessions may be provided, or Clinician Donna Price can come to the center when you are available. You may also leave a voicemail or send an email and she will get back to you if appropriate.

 

Your safety is important!

 

 

Individuals are often hesitant or refuse to seek assistance, fearing the stigma many feel with a label placed upon them.  


Some people may wonder if they are considered “bad enough” to reach out for counseling. Shawnee Community College offers short-term individual counseling to all students free of charge. During sessions, the student has the opportunity to vent or work on anything they feel they need help with. Our office is inclusive to all individuals. Students should feel safe to express themselves freely and openly regardless of sexual orientation, identity, race, nationality, religious belief, political stance, or age.

 

Confidentiality is important. Information is not released unless permission is granted in writing, or required by law due to the information provided. All counseling notes are encrypted and not accessible to other SCC employees. If more intensive therapy is required a referral to an off-campus specialist can be granted.

 

           

Suicide Risk Warning Signs


Suicide can affect anyone of any race, gender, age, or socioeconomic status at some point in their lives. It does not discriminate. An individual may exhibit signs verbally, behaviorally, situationally, and by their mood. Risk factors are conditions that increase the chance someone may try to take their life.

 

Verbal

  • Being a burden to others
  • Great guilt or shame
  • Wanting to die
  • Some talk about killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Feeling trapped
  • Expressing unbearable pain

Behavioral

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Withdrawing from friends and or family
  • Searching for methods to end their lives
  • Acting reckless
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Unexplained aggression
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Change in personality or appearance- speaking or moving at unusual speed, may be less concerned with appearance

Mood

People considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depressed
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Humiliation/ Shame
  • Loss of interest
  • Relief/ Sudden improvement

Situational

  • Recent trauma or life crisis. A major life crisis may cause an individual to consider suicide. Such a crisis may be the death of a family member or friend, loss of a relationship or friend, rejection from an academic program, or loss of a job.
  • The diagnosis of a major illness or serious financial problems may also cause such feelings.
  • Prolonged stress factors including harassment, bullying, discrimination, relationship problems, and financial concerns.
  • Someone depressed or stressed that has lost friends or family to suicide are thought to be at a higher risk.
  • Individuals exposed to abuse or trauma

 

If someone in your life is exhibiting warning signs of suicide


  • Do NOT leave them alone.
  • Have an honest conversation and listen.
  • Let them know that you care and are concerned.
  • Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide.
  • Encourage them to reach out for help.
  • If at school, call Counselor Donna Price at 3322 Donna Price.
  • 988 is a suicide & crisis lifeline where someone can speak with a counselor.
  • Arrowleaf has a 24/7 crisis line (618) 658-2611.
  • If in imminent danger call 911.

 

You are all important to us. If you see something or are concerned, tell someone.

 

SCC Crisis and Assistance Lines

 

SCC Counseling
Donna Price, MSW

(618) 481-3322
Arrowleaf 24/7 crisis line (618) 658- 2611
Having suicidal ideations,
substance use,
mental health crisis,
etc.
988 call or Text
Massac County
Mental Health Center
(618) 524- 9368
Massac Memorial Hospital (618) 427- 2680
Southwest Behavioral Hospital (573) 708-5000
Mercy Health Lourdes Hospital (270) 444-2444
Crisis Text Line Text Hello to 741741
Veteran’s Crisis Line (800) 273- 8255
For Veterans hard of hearing  Call (800) 799-4889 or text 838255
Domestic Violence Helpline (877) 863-6338
Trevor Projects for
LGBTQ under 25 years
of age
(866) 488- 7386 or text “start” to 678-678 or online chat

 

Rape and/or Abuse Crisis Centers

 

Carbondale (800) 334-2094
Marion (618) 993-0803
Harrisburg (618) 294-8641
Metropolis (618) 524-9922
Paducah (270) 443-6001
Cape Girardeau (573) 335-7745