Emergency Response

Public Safety & Emergency Medical Services :610-436-3311

Counseling Services: 610-436-2301 for behavior or mental health concerns during business hours

Crisis Intervention (Exton) for community help: 610-918-2100

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
A trained crisis counselor will receive the text and respond quickly. This service is not sponsored nor supported by the University; this is a free nationwide crisis text line for anyone to use. For additional information see http://www.crisistextline.org

TransLifeline.org: 1-877-565-8860

The Crime Victims' Center of Chester County, Inc:
More information

610-692-7273 (sexual assault)
610-692-7420 (other crimes)

Crisis Reponse



Online Resource

The WCU Counseling Center has a new unique online service we are offering WCU students. Our goal is to enhance student wellness by helping students identify – and do something about – stress, anxiety, depression and other problems that can interfere with academic, social and personal functioning.  

Clicking this link (https://wcu.caresforyou.org) will take you to a secure website where you have the option of completing a brief online questionnaire. You can submit your questionnaire anonymously, using a self-assigned User ID.

If you do submit a questionnaire, a WCU counselor will review it and send a personal response to you over the secure website, which will include any recommendations for follow-up. You will then have an opportunity to exchange online messages with the counselor through the anonymous dialogue feature using only your User ID, or to set up a face-to-face meeting to talk to the counselor in more detail.

We urge all students to take advantage of this safe and easy way to find out if stress, anxiety or depression may be affecting you. The good news is that treatments for these challenges are highly effective and are available right here in the WCU community.



Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Open when classes are in session
Any after-hours emergencies must go through Public Safety (610-436-3311)


Triage Hours

Students must walk in during Triage hours to begin counseling appointments.

Monday-Friday: 1:00-3:00pm (during Fall and Spring Semesters)
It is first-come/first-served but students do arrive early in the morning to "reserve" a Triage slot for that day. Please plan accordingly, as many Triage slots fill up prior to 1:00 pm.

There is no charge for a Triage assessment or counseling with a counselor at the Counseling Center



The mission of the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services (The Counseling Center) is to promote optimal health through the provision of quality and culturally competent mental health services for all currently enrolled West Chester University students.  We are a short-term Counseling Center, so sessions are limited; however, we also have a Clinical Case Manager to assist with off-campus services.  We are also a training site, meaning advanced doctoral students engage in the provision of therapeutic services to students under the supervision of licensed counselors.  The Counseling Center is in Lawrence Center, Suite 241 -- it is a welcoming environment that appreciates multiculturalism and diversity.

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