Personal counseling is provided to currently enrolled Wilkes Community College students on a short term basis. The goal is to assist students in developing better coping strategies, resolve conflicts, and handle crisis situations. Referrals to community agencies or resource persons are made if it is apparent that individuals can be assisted more appropriately in this manner.

The counseling staff adheres to the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association.  All counseling is confidential with the exception of imminent danger to self or others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed.

Wilkes Community College (WCC) now offers a benefit to all students and their immediate family members known as the Student Assistance & Resources Today (START) program. We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of START services.  Enrollment is not required, and you are eligible to use START as of August 1, 2020.

START offers help for personal, professional or school concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. Additionally, START provides consultation and  resources for legal and financial issues, online learning, and mental health concerns. There is no cost for phone calls or virtual, telephonic or face-to-face visits with START.

START staff at McLaughlin Young are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Here’s how to access START & Work-Life Services:

  • Call 800.633.3353
  • Visit (click on “My Portal Login,” then “Work-Life”) and log in using the following credentials:
    • Username: WCCStudent
    • Password: guest

The web sites listed below are resources for information but should not be considered a substitute for professional help.

The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. Hope4NC is now available 24 hours per day, seven days a week to speak to a live person. The Hope4NC Helpline was set up by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Academic Calendar

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Student Resources Links

Contact Information

To discuss screening results or for other concerns, you may contact these counselors in Student Services by email or phone.

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Lynda Black, PhD, LCMHC
Director, Counseling & Career Services
Phone: 336-838-6148
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Michael Roope, EdS, LCMHC
Career Counselor
Phone: 336-838-6147

Confidential Online Depression Screening

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