Lake Land College believes in supporting the success of our students on both a personal and academic level, and we know this all starts with their mental health and wellness. The college now has an on-site, full time mental health provider and has also partnered with TimelyMD, an online service providing free mental health counseling to current students.
If you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call Lifeline by dialing 988. This is a free and confidential crisis line available 24 hours a day.
For more information on our Mental Health Resources, contact:
Tom MollCoordinator of Mental Health ServicesLuther Student Center, room firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellie HaskettCounselor for Student Accommodations & Mental Health InitiativesLuther Student Center, room email@example.com
TimelyCare Launch – Dru Howard
Lake Land College students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare — the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyCare, designed for college students.
Students do not need insurance to access TimelyCare services. As part of Lake Land’s partnership with TimelyCare, students have access to services in TimelyCare, including:
Visit timelycare.com/lakeland to get started.
Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
Call 1-800-273-8255 – press 1 for Veterans services or text 838255 or confidential crisis chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net
24/7 support, connect to a real person qualified to support Veterans. You are not alone – the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.
This is a crisis hotline that can help with many issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; or anyone interested in mental health treatment referrals can call the Lifeline. Callers are connected with a professional nearby who will talk with them about what they are feeling or concerns for other family and friends. Call the toll-free Lifeline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
LifeLinks maintains a 24 hour behavioral health crisis service system. When a caller phones the toll free number, they are immediately connected to a trained crisis clinician.
1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
Trained counselors are available 24/7 to support youth who are in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment free place to talk. Specializing in supporting the LGBTQI+ community.
Lifeline offers free mental health online screening for depression, anxiety, eating disorders and alcohol and substance misuse.
Lake Land College also partners with local service providers to ensure students have safe, confidential mental health services available locally. Additional resources are available at www.lakelandcollege.edu/counseling-services/crisis-and-community-resources/.
Heartland Human Services1200 N. Fourth StreetPO Box 1047Effingham, IL 62401217-347-7179 Ext. 1016www.heartlandhs.org
LifeLinks750 Broadway Ave EastMattoon, IL 61938217-238-5719www.lifelinksinc.org
RISE Behavioral Health & Wellness114 W. Houghton St.Tuscola, IL 61953217-253-4731www.risedoco.com
Active Minds at Lake Land College student club is a chapter of the national organization Active Minds. This chapter was created at Lake Land to allow a way for students to meet and work together in the pursuit of raising awareness for mental illness. Because this club is not only a club, but a national chapter, there are networking opportunities with 800+ universities and colleges across the nation.
Basic V-A-R® is Active Minds’ everyday guide for helping other students who may be experiencing mental health issues. It’s about showing up for one another in everyday struggles. The letters V-A-R correspond to three steps: Validate, Appreciate and Refer. The steps are easy-to-understand, easy-to-do, and easy-to-remember. The V-A-R training provides a guide to listening and responding in a helpful way.
This three-step approach give students the skills they need to know what to say and do in those difficult moments. A conversation that includes the elements of “Validate, Appreciate, and Refer” is one that allows you to actively listen to someone you care about and help them cope. A conversation with you could make all the difference and prevent a crisis from developing later. With V-A-R, Active Minds lets everyone know that someone doesn’t need to be in a crisis to seek help; you don’t have to be an expert to provide help; and help can come in many different forms. Being there for someone in a moment of need is what it’s all about.
If you are interested in being part of Active Minds at Lake Land College or would like more information on V-A-R Training, please contact Student Life or email the club advisor, Tom Moll at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 217-234-5380, Ellie Haskett at email@example.com, phone 217-234-5259 or Wally Rubin, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 217-234-5383.