Skip Navigation

Counseling Services


Motlow Counseling Services is here to help. You are not alone. College can be challenging, but it does not have to be overwhelming. Motlow provides a safe and supportive space where you can address your concerns and the causes of your emotional and mental struggle. Motlow Counseling Services helps you successfully live, grow, and learn.

Motlow Counseling Services are free and confidential for currently enrolled students. We are again taking in-person appointments. And, for your convenience we continue to offer counseling appointments via telehealth if that is your preference.


To schedule an appointment, call 931-393-1923 or email [email protected].

Counseling Resources

Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn't function during the past year.

Suicide Prevention

Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

College students are in a state of life transition and can be overwhelmed with new opportunities and new responsibilities. Lifestyle changes, such as sleep deprivation and substance abuse, can contribute to suicidal behavior.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students
  • Approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide every year
  • 6% of college students report they have seriously considered suicide over the past year; 90%of those students created a suicide plan, 14% actually attempted suicide, and 60% continued to have thoughts of suicide


There are some behaviors that signal possible suicidal thoughts and attempts. Knowing these signals and taking action may help you save someone’s life. A person might be suicidal if they:

  • Have sadness or depression that will not go away
  • Become withdrawn or isolate themselves from friends, family, and society
  • Have difficulty going to classes
  • Become highly anxious or agitated
  • Display rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Give away prized possessions
  • Increase their use of alcohol and drugs
  • Acquire a firearm
  • Lose weight or have a decrease in appetite
  • Change their sleeping patterns, cannot sleep, or sleep all the time
  • Engage in reckless and risk-taking behavior
  • State they have no reason to live
  • Talk about or threaten suicide. (If this happens, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION)

Remember: Any one of these signals alone doesn’t necessarily indicate a person is suicidal. However, several signals may be cause for concern. Signals are especially important if the person has attempted suicide in the past. Listen. Be a friend. Get professional help. Your actions may save a life!

Risk Factors

A variety of factors contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors in college students.

Depression contributes to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. Over a third of college students reported being so depressed they found it difficult to function. **

Hopelessness 45% of college students had felt their situation was hopeless**

Loneliness 55% of college students had felt very lonely. **

Academic Stressors can be a contributing factor to suicide. College students who have attempted suicide cite academic stress as one of the reasons for their suicide attempts. Almost half who consider suicide cite academic problems as a contributing factor.*

Financial Concerns are cited as a contributing factor by 78% of students who attempt suicide and in 31% of students who seriously consider suicide. *

Other factors such as relationship problems and issues with parents can contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

Certain populations of college students such as LGBTQI students, veterans, minority students, students who do not live on campus, and students who have known someone who died by suicide are at a higher risk for suicide and suicide attempts.

What to Do

  • ASK the question, “Do you feel like going to sleep and never waking up?”, or find someone who can. Take the risk factors and signals seriously.
  • Listen to them without judgment. Show interest in the person and be supportive of him or
  • Offer hope that there are alternatives to
  • Take Remove methods the person might use to kill him or herself. Do not leave the person alone.
  • Get Help from his or her family, friend, physician, clergy,
  • Immediately contact a person or organization that specializes in crisis intervention or suicide prevention for help.

Suicide Prevention Plan

Crisis Hotline: 1-855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471)

What Happens in Counseling

We may examine one or more of the following:

  • Identify self-doubts and factors that sabotage your motivation
  • Resolve personal or relationship conflicts impeding your academic success
  • Address stress or anxiety
  • Discuss the causes creating depression, grief or trauma
  • Assess alcohol or drug abuse
  • Explore issues surrounding sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Increase mindful self-awareness and self-acceptance
  • Learn skills for handling anger, mood swings and exaggerated reactivity
  • Deal with emotional issues caused by domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Discern how to make effective and satisfying life choices

Counseling Confidentiality

These confidential counseling sessions are available with a licensed mental health professional. Conversations and counseling records are not a part of your education record and cannot be disclosed to anyone without your written consent with the following exceptions:

  • Suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults
  • Situations involving potential suicide or homicide
  • Mental health provider records/reports subpoenaed by court for legal proceedings

Limits of Care

All counseling services are free to Motlow students. The length of treatment consists of short-term services. If it is determined that long-term mental health counseling services are more appropriate to address your clinical need(s), the therapist will work with you to provide a referral to a qualified mental health professional in the community.

If you are referred to a qualified mental health professional in the community, you may be charged for services by the agency you choose.

Scroll to top