Mental Health Resources
Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being
You Matter! We care about you.
Your mental and emotional well-being are very important to us. The listing below provides you with primary resources, both on and off-campus, that can help you be a successful Racer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
"Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong." Les Brown
The following are the primary mental health resources found on the Murray State University main campus. Contact us! We are here to support you.
Focused on empowering every student to reach their fullest potential. Staff are committed to the success and retention of all students through guidance, support, and cultivation of their personal well-being and academic success. Racers Empower: Healthy Minds, Healthy Campus and additional programming are offered through the Center.
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The Murray State University Police Department is proud to serve as the guardians of the Racer Nation. Officers work to make our community safe for its members to live, learn, and serve.
LiveSafe App: Download LiveSafe from Google Play or the App Store. Register your email and select Murray State University as your school. LiveSafe is a free mobile app made available by the Murray State Police Department. It's designed to prevent crime and enable better incident response. The app for smartphone users is connected to a cloud-based dashboard that is monitored within the Murray State dispatch center. Find out more at murraystate.edu/Police
You can "raise their hand" to ask for assistance. Supports student engagement and success through academic support, student self-service capabilities, increased communication, and stronger connections between faculty, students, advisors and support services.
The Susan E. Bauernfeind Wellness Center is a 73,000 SQFT facility. It features 3 full-size basketball courts and 2 racquetball courts. Around the second level is a 1/11 mile indoor track with cardio machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and rowing machines. There are resistance training spaces, free weight areas and two aerobic studios. There is also a lounge area with couches, televisions, computers, a billiards table and ping pong tables. Our pool area offers a 5 lane lap pool, leisure pool, whirlpool, vortex and a water bench.
Focuses on the promotion of gender equity and inclusion. Through advocacy, education, and resources, the center works to address gender barriers and biases that hinder the health and success of Murray State students.
Off-Campus (Murray community and Calloway County) and National Crisis Center Resources and Hotlines
The following are the primary mental health resources found in the Murray and Calloway County communities and contact information for the national hotlines. *Hotline numbers are also found on the back of your RacerCard ID.
741-741 | Website
Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.
Visit the website to find a location nearest you.
Pairing quality care with the latest advances, KentuckyCare offers medical services in South Western Kentucky for every member of the family. KentuckyCare is committed to individuals and their health, and aims to provide the most effective, compassionate care possible to reflect this commitment daily.
They offer a range of services, including behavioral health, women’s health, and primary care, regardless of the patient's ability to pay.
Faculty Supporting Mental Health in the Classroom
Faculty play an important role in the success of students. To support students' mental and emotional well-being, the following are recommendations for the classroom. The information was adapted from The Faculty Guide to Supporting Student Mental Health by The Jed Foundation (Spring 2022) and Professors' Part in Maintaining Student Mental Health from Inside Higher Ed (May 17, 2022).
Encourage students to talk to you or utilize other campus resources when they are feeling overwhelmed or during high pressure times (exams, projects, charged political or campus events).
Become familiar with the many resources available on and off campus as found on this site. Consider allowing a guest speaker to spend 15-20 minutes during the first week of classes talking about the resources in more detail.
Include resources found on this site in your syllabus. Consider adding a statement in your syllabus encouraging students to outreach to you, others, or raise their hand in Starfish if they are feeling stressed. Consider adding a weekly PowerPoint slide featuring wellness events and resources to your lecture.
Consider assignment deadlines that do not promote staying up all night so that students can prioritize sleep, which is foundational to emotional well-being. Consider avoiding a midnight deadline which encourages skipping dinner. One professor commented that 5 pm is the healthiest time to have an assignment due.
Consider adding self-care activities or resources into your class sessions throughout the semester. Remember to practice self-care for your own well-being. Supporting students can be draining.
Signs a student is struggling: missed assignments; repeated absences; decline in academic performance; reduced participation in class; excessive fatigue; poor personal hygiene; inappropriate or exaggerated behavior; alarming or worrisome content in assignments. Talk with them privately about your concerns and share the resources found on this site.
Refer a student of concern to the Center for Student Engagement and Success by raising a Starfish flag or through other communication. Staff will outreach and will involve other student support and academic offices on campus as appropriate.
Engage with colleagues in training and resource sharing to better understand the top stressors for students, how to recognize a student is struggling, and what steps you can take to help. Participate in Mental Health First Aid Training by contacting email@example.com.