If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health emergency (e.g., suicidal thoughts) support is available 24/7 through: the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (call 988), the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741), and at Sentara RMH Medical Hospital (540-689-1414, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA). Learn more about additional 24 hour mental health services available.
Lauren is an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the James Madison University volleyball team and has successfully organized past AFSP Out of Darkness Walks.
Dr. Laitem is a licensed psychologist and outreach coordinator at the James Madison University Counseling Center. She also serves on the Student Affairs Assessment Council and has successfully organized past AFSP Campus Walks
Emma is currently working in Outside Sales for the Washington Commanders. During her time at James Madison University, she was the head of public relations for the Terror Management Lab and successfully led the PR efforts for Connecting Madison's Community.
Kara served as our outreach coordinator and is currently working as a Youth Program Coordinator at New Directions Center where she specializes in offering support services to those impacted by sexual assault, domestic violence and sex trafficking. While at James Madison University, Kara interned for Dr. Laitem at the JMU Counseling Center and successfully handled the outreach coordination with the greater Harrisonburg Community for Connecting Madison's Community.
Anna is currently the head of PR for the Terror Management Lab and is majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Anna successfully coordinated PR efforts for Connecting Madison's Community.
Katie is currently attending UMASS Dartmouth for a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. During her time at James Madison University, she completed an honors thesis and successfully helped coordinate Connecting Madison's Community.
Peter Montwill is currently a Presidential Fellow in the Office of the President at James Madison University. During his time at James Madison University, he successfully led the Terror Management Laboratory and coordinated the planning of Connecting Madison's Community.
Dr. Harvell-Bowman helped support our organizing team.
Emily is the Virginia Special Events Manager for the Virginia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She was instrumental in helping to plan and support our team.
The JMU and Harrisonburg Communities joined together for an unforgettable afternoon of connecting with friends to bring awareness to the importance of mental health. This event featured Yoga, POUND Fitness, and special appearances by Dr. Tim Miller, Xavier Williams, Dr. Danette Gibbs, & Duke Dog.
The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia seeks to reduce risk for suicide across Virginia's 72 higher education institutions by providing training, consultation and prevention resources. Specifically, we help campuses build the infrastructure necessary to promote wellness and safety, identify and support those in distress, and effectively respond to individuals at risk for suicide. Services are available at no cost to all Virginia college and university campuses and are provided through a partnership of the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University.