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Community Support Groups and Outreach for Students and Staff: Depression & Substance Disorders

This guide will provide resources and information to enable communities to address the needs of students and staff experiencing hardships

What is Deperssion?


Depression is a widespread mental health issue and is the general name for a group of depressive disorders. Depression not only affects the inner state of a person, but can also their outward physical functions. In a state of depression, an individual may experience:  

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  • anxiety
  • emptiness
  • hopelessness
  • guilt
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • sadness

A depressive episode is not just "feeling down," which everyone experiences from time to time. Depression is a chronic and serious health condition that can be medically treated.

DSM-IV and ICD-10 codes are varied. Check the DSM-IV for the correct code here in the library.   Ref. RC455.2.C4 D54



Support Groups


Emotions Anonymous – 12 Step program designed to improve your mental health. There is no cost in attending these meetings. Three locations in Hampton Roads.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline  If you are thinking about suicide, worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.

Virginia Beach United Methodist Church 18th Street and Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. FMI: Dave 351-3413

St. Pius Catholic Church 7800 Halpren Drive, Norfolk Wednesdays at 7 pm. FMI: Pauline 464-6715.

Emotions Anonymous -- Support ministry at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, 1100 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, and Saturdays at 5:30 pm. FMI: Anne 515-7552.  .

Restoring the Hurting – Support Group Ministry of the World Outreach Worship Center. Thursdays at 7:00 pm. 757-874-1223. 1233 Shields Rd., Newport News

Still Standing, Surviving Suicide Support Group -- meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm at Spring Branch Community Church, 1500 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach. Facilitators include Charlie Liggio, LCSW and Sue Dempsey, LCSW of First Colonial Psychotherapy Services, and Elaine Roberts, survivor. FREE. FMI: 757.464.9289

Norfolk State University Counseling Services  312 Student Services Building, 757-823-8173, hours 8 am to 5 pm.

 Check  out the article in  Wellnote for more information on how to recognize and manage anxiety and depression.

Hotline Support



Take a minute to look over the following phone numbers for crisis support. All of them are toll-free numbers. This means you don't have to pay for the call, and it will not show up on your phone bill.


  • Suicide Hotline


  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline


  • National Adolescent Suicide Hotline



Postpartum Depression


  • Veterans


All Types of Crisis

  • United Way Helpline


  • Youth America Hotline

1-877-YOUTHLINE (1-877-968-8454)

  • Covenant House Nine-Line (Teens)


  • The Trevor Helpline (For homosexuality questions or problems)


If you are looking for an e-mail depression hotline or local support numbers to call, go to the Befrienders Worldwide website.

Depression E-mail Hotlines and Chat Rooms

Some support centers have e-mail available. You can send a message through the website or send an e-mail to the address provided. A trained professional will usually answer your e-mail within the timeframe the website indicates.

Where to Email or Chat

  • Boys Town: This is an email option for youths and their parents. Turnaround time is usually 24-48 hours.
  • Lifeline Chat: Talk about stress and other problems anonymously and get non-judgmental support.
  • IMAlive: Speak with a volunteer online without having to wait for an emailed reply.

Consider This Before E-mailing

E-mail depression hotlines are great for non-urgent situations. If you have an ongoing problem and you don't need immediate assistance, an e-mail may work for you. However, if you are going through a crisis, a phone call can help you right when you need it.

Counselors in Hampton Roads

Covenant Counseling Services

3101 American Legion Rd Ste 21B, Chesapeake ·

(757) 405-7416


Oasis Counseling Center

1919 Commerce Dr, Hampton ·

(757) 301-3959


Community Psychological Resources

919 W 21st St Ste B, Norfolk ·

(757) 622-6794


Eden Counseling

6330 Newtown Rd Ste 300, Norfolk ·

(757) 466-3336


Liberating Lives Christian Counseling and Psychological Services

6325 N Center Dr Ste 208, Norfolk · (

757) 961-3255

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