In 1998, Jason Altom, a 27-year old doctoral student from Harvard took his own life after the stresses of graduate school were seemingly too much. In response to Jason Altom’s tragic story, Grad Resources set out to address the extreme points of despair many graduate students face, leading the organization to launch the National Grad Crisis Line in 1999 in addition to our online articles and services. Today, the Crisis Line receives hundreds of calls every month. Graduate student organizations promote the resource on campuses across the nation. Likewise, mental health offices and graduate student services continue to make their students aware of the Crisis Line to their student bodies.
Students Studying Abroad
Studying or doing research abroad? You can now access the National Grad Crisis Line through Skype (800-472-3457).
About the Program
The National Grad Crisis Line helps graduate students reach free, confidential telephone counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral services provided by specially-trained call-takers. Caring, professional staff and well-trained volunteers answer around the clock.
All counselors have completed training to understand the unique issues faced by graduate students. In addition to listening to and empathizing with a caller’s concerns, counselors assess the caller’s lethality risk, counsel, and offer various local support services and mental health resources for follow-up.