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 msu.success@murraystate.edu with questions.

“ Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong. ”
— Les Brown

On-Campus Resources

The following are the primary mental health resources found on the Murray State University main campus. Contact us! We are here to support you.

425 Wells Hall | 270.809.2274 | msu.success@murraystate.edu 

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.

Learn more about the Center for Student Engagement and Success

C104 Oakley Applied Science Building | 270.809.6851msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu

Provides a variety of free and confidential counseling services for Murray State students, including individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy.

Learn more about University Counseling Services

3rd floor Alexander Hall | 270.809.3822msu.cacclinic2@murraystate.edu

Provides affordable psychoeducational consultation and evaluation services to Murray State students, faculty and staff, as well as to members of the Murray community and surrounding counties.

Learn more about the Counseling and Assessment Center

1st floor, Wells Hall | 270.809.3809msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu 

Murray State’s health services are provided by Village Medical of Murray; available to faculty, staff and students.

Learn more about Health Services

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Blackburn Building, 4th Floor  |  msu.iis@murraystate.edu

Welcome to Murray State University's Office of International Student and Scholar Services.  You will find valuable information about the support services that we provide to incoming and current international students.   

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICE

101 Curris Center  |  270.809.6836  |  msu.multiculturalinitiatives@murraystate.edu

The mission of the Office of Multicultural Initiatives, Student Leadership and Inclusive Excellence (OMI) is to advocate and encourage a campus environment that embraces diversity and helps students grow personally and academically. Our programs and services are designed to address the leadership development, cultural competency, curricular and co-curricular needs of our multicultural student population, to help them adjust to campus life and enjoy a successful college career. The Office seeks to enhance the retention, success, and graduation rates for multicultural students at Murray State University.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE MULTICULTURAL CENTER

Corner of 16th and Chestnut | 270.809.2222msu.policedept@murraystate.edu 

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. 

Learn more about the Murray State Police Department

243 Blackburn Building | 270.809.5040msu.pridecenter@murraystate.edu

Provides a space for connection, growth and engagement for the LGBTQ+ student community through activities, services, support, training and social events.

Learn more about the Pride Center

401 Wells Hall | 270.809.2504 

Provides individual therapy for children and adults, couples and family therapy and evaluations for learning disabilities and ADHD. Services are available for students, faculty, staff and community members.

Learn more about the Psychological Center

Blackburn Science Building, Room 244 | 270.809.4499msu.racershelpingracers@murraystate.edu 

Food pantry for Murray State University students. To receive assistance, please bring your student ID (Racer Card) when coming to the food pantry. No questions asked!

Learn more about the Racers Helping Racers Food Pantry

270.809.2274 / 2684 | msu.success@murraystate.edu 

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.

Learn more about the Starfish Student Success Network

423 Wells Hall | 270.809.2018msu.studentdisabilities@murraystate.edu 

Provides accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities.

Learn more about Student Disability Services

111 Curris Center | 270.809.6349msu.studentorganizations@murraystate.edu

Coordinates all the currently active registered student organizations on campus

Learn more about student involvement

261 Blackburn | 270.809.4327msu.sss@murraystate.edu 

Provides services to students from the first-generation and limited income backgrounds as well as students with disabilities. All services by SSS are free.

Learn more about Student Support Services

456 Blackburn Building | 270.809.3754msu.va@murraystate.edu 

Supports veterans and military dependent students during their transition to college life.

Learn more about Veteran and Military Student Success

1000 Racer Drive | 270.809.6000 / 6018msu.wellnesscenter@murraystate.edu 

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. 

Learn more about the Wellness Center

C102 Oakley Applied Science Building | 270.809.3016msu.womenscenter@murraystate.edu 

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.

Learn more about the Women's Center

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.

205 Ash Street, Benton, KY 42025 | 833.510.4357 

Offers outpatient medication-assisted addiction treatment programs that help you find and maintain long-lasting recovery.

Learn more about BrightView

741-741 

Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform.

Learn more about the Crisis Text Line

1051 N 16th Street B, Murray, KY 42071 | 270.753.0452 

Provides outpatient therapy and substance abuse treatment for children, adolescents and adults.

Learn more about Four Rivers Behavioral Health

1525 Cuba Road, Mayfield, KY 42066 | 270.247.2588 

The Crisis Center is for voluntary admissions and provides a safe environment that is less restrictive than other alternatives.

Learn more about Four Rivers Crisis Center

Visit the KentuckyCare 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. 

Learn more about KentuckyCare

607 Poplar Street, Suites I and J, Murray, KY 42071 | 800.928.7273 

Lotus is Kentucky’s regional children’s advocacy and sexual assault center serving all 8 counties of the Purchase Area.

Learn more about Lotus

Post Office Box 98, Paducah, KY 42002 | 800.585.2686 | info@merrymanhouse.org 

Services fall into three categories: Saving Lives, Building Lives and Changing Lives. You set your goals, and we empower you to achieve them. All services are free and confidential.

Learn more about Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center

800.799.7233 

Provides free and confidential support for survivors of domestic violence 24/7.

Learn more about the National Domestic Violence Hotline

800.656.4673 

Provides free and confidential support for survivors of sexual assault 24/7.

Learn more about the National Sexual Assault Hotline

988 or 800.273.8255

Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

Learn more about the National Suicide Prevention Line

800.592.3980 

Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as local prevention and crisis resources.

Learn more about the Regional Suicide Crisis Line

866.488.7386 | text line: 678-678

A 24-hour crisis phone and text line for LGBTQ individuals.

Learn more about the Trevor Project

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 msu.counselingcenter@murraystate.edu.

 

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