The National Grad Crisis Line


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April 1-6, 2024 is National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, a time to recognize the contributions and importance of graduate students in the US. We celebrate and honor the Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, graduate association leaders and all students pursuing graduate and professional degrees. We appreciate your vital contribution.

We also want to make sure that you have all the support you need to succeed. For some students, the path to completing a graduate degree can sometimes be more difficult than expected and the pressure of personal and academic responsibilities too much to handle. Help is available. The National Graduate Student Crisis Line (877-GRAD-HLP) is staffed by trained counselors who understand the pressures. There is also a free month of teletherapy available through Don’t wait until a crisis arrives to call the National Grad Crisis Line or connect with BetterHelp. They are available 24/7 to listen, connect and assist you today!


1.877.GRAD.HLP (1.877.472.3457)

July ushered in a new experience for those who struggle with stress, anxiety and feelings of despair. Beginning a grad program can spark new issues for young researchers wanting to make a contribution to their field. 988 (similar to 911) is the new universal number for mental health resources. Remember, while anyone can get help through 988, graduate students have access 24/7 to trained counselors who understand the unique challenges facing grads.

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.

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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.