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Karen Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7667
Fax: (540) 464-7025
Email Cadet Counseling

Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:30

Center for Cadet Counseling
Virginia Military Institute
2nd Floor VMI Health Center
Lexington, VA  24450


Self Assessment and Mental Health Screenings

The Center for Cadet Counseling offers a free online screening tool, the VMI Mental Health Screening Tool, for eating disorders, alcohol issues, anxiety disorders, depression, and other concerns. The screening is available to VMI cadets and may be taken anonymously from the comfort of their own computers. This screening tool can help cadets determine whether or not professional consultation would be helpful.

Anonymous Mental Health Self-Assessment Tool

The online screening process is anonymous and confidential. The VMI Center for Cadet Counseling does not collect any identifying information such as names, e-mail or IP addresses. Neither our office nor the sponsoring organizations can view your individual results.

Online screenings are not a substitute for counseling or evaluation by a mental health professional. The screening may indicate if symptoms are consistent with mental health issues. If you have concerns about screening results, call 540.464.7667 or email Karen Kirkpatrick to schedule an appointment.

Services offered through Cadet Counseling are available to full-time Cadets and are free of charge and kept confidential. If you need immediate assistance or have an emergency come directly to the Center for Cadet Counseling (located on the 2nd floor of the VMI Infirmary) during business hours (0800-1430) or after hours go to the VMI infirmary, otherwise call 911.

ULifeline at VMI

ULifeline is another anonymous, confidential, online resource where cadets may comfortably search for information regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available anywhere, anytime online.

Visit ULifeline

What constitutes dependence or problem use? 

Abstinence   Non-Problematic Use
Complete non-use of substance

Use of substance in moderation, appropriate behavior, no harm from use (i.e. blackouts, fights, accidents, academic problems.
Incident Problem Use
An isolated event; a single episode of experiencing a problem or causing harm A pattern of use with negative consequences and multiple incidents; using despite knowledge that use causes harm or contributes to problems; use in situations that are physically dangerous (i.e. driving, swimming); moderation is still possible. 
DEPENDENCY
Periodic loss of control in terms of how much you use and/or behavior surrounding use, substance use despite knowledge that causes problems for the individual, substance use criticized by family and/or friends, moderation becomes difficult or impossible.  

For more information on alcohol use, dependence, and how to identify a problem, visit special topics.