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 the co-lead organizer and is an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the James Madison University Volleyball team. She has successfully organized past AFSP Campus Walks.
Dr. Laitem is the co-lead organizer and 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 the committee chair and is a Senior majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Emma is the head of PR for the Terror Management Lab and successfully led the PR efforts for Connecting Madison's Community.
Kara is the committee outreach coordinator and is a Senior Honors student majoring in Psychology. She is also a current intern for Dr. Laitem at the JMU Counseling Center. Kara successfully handled the outreach coordination with the greater Harrisonburg Community for Connecting Madison's Community.
Anna is a committee member and is a Sophomore student majoring in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations. Anna successfully coordinated PR efforts for Connecting Madison's Community.
Katie is a committee member and is a Senior Honors student majoring in Psychology. Katie successfully helped coordinate Connecting Madison's Community.
Peter is a committee member and a Second-Year Master's Student in Experimental Psychology focusing in Terror Management Theory and Media Psychology. He successfully led the coordination of Connecting Madison's Community and has been featured on several podcasts and media outlets.
Dr. Harvell-Bowman is a committee member and Director of the Terror Management Laboratory. She is an Associate Professor at James Madison University where she leads the Institutional Review Board. Alongside Peter Montwill, Dr. Harvell-Bowman led the coordination and implementation of Connecting Madison's Community.
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.