The Montgomery College Counseling and Advising Centers’ Counseling and Disability Support Services (DSS) faculty assist students with academic, personal, and career concerns. The primary emphasis is on supporting students to achieve their educational goals. Counselors do not provide ongoing therapy services to students, but can provide brief personal counseling on a short-term basis to deal with an immediate concern. Brief personal counseling is defined as any sessions regarding a concern that is not academic in nature. Counselors will also refer students to local community counseling resources which can provide further support and treatment for ongoing mental health needs.
24 Hour Montgomery County Crisis Hotline: 240-777-4000
24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line
24 Hour online support at Crisischat.org
24 Hour text chat support: Text “Start” to 741741
24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Germantown Public Safety: 240-567-7777
Germantown Counseling and Advising: 240-567-7734
Rockville Public Safety: 240-567-5111
Rockville Counseling and Advising: 240-567-5063/4104
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Public Safety: 240-567-1600
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Counseling and Advising: 240-567-1480
Kognito At-Risk is an online, interactive training simulation used at more than 350 campuses nationwide. Learn to identify and talk to peers exhibiting signs of psychological distress and motivate them to seek appropriate help. This innovative online simulation will enhance your skills through direct practice in a risk-free environment with student avatars. The training covers identification of students experiencing various types distress along with practice conversations to motivate those students to seek help. Click the link to register and take the free course.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is an organization dedicated to education about mental illness and supporting and improving the lives of those who live with mental illness. NAMI’s website provides information about different mental health disorders such as:
living with a mental health diagnosis, such as understanding a diagnosis, how to deal with a crisis, and how to find a qualified mental health provider. NAMI also provides opportunities for loved ones to get involved and help those who have mental health disorders.
Are you concerned that you are struggling with stress, sadness, or anxiety? Do you worry that you, or someone you care about, might have a mental health disorder? Seeking the appropriate help in a timely fashion is important to helping yourself get on track to mental health and wellness. One of the first tools you can use is a mental health screening. While this will not provide a diagnosis, through a few questions, it can determine if there may be something more going on that you should speak to a mental health professional about. Mental Health America provides free tools that take only a few minutes. They offer screenings for:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Alcohol or substance abuse
ULifeline and Transition Year are mental health resources specifically geared toward college students.
ULifeline has additional screening tools and information about specific mental health disorders, as well as focusing on what an individual can do to promote wellness in their lives.
Transition Year has a focus on mental health, but also touches on a number of other issues, including choosing a college, transferring, and integrating into student life.
The Jed Foundation is an organization whose mission is “to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.” They have specific resources on their website geared toward parents of college-aged children. This includes the guide “Protecting Your Child’s Health: What Can Parents Do?”
Transition Year is a project of the Jed Foundation, which is specifically oriented toward parents of students starting or preparing for college life. It includes information from choosing the right college, to orienting to student life, all with an emphasis on the mental and emotional health of the student during this time.
If you’re already concerned that your student is struggling or may have a mental health disorder, seeking the appropriate help in a timely fashion is important to helping your student get on track to mental health and wellness. One of the first tools you can use is a mental health screening. While this will not provide a diagnosis, through a few questions, it can determine if there may be something more going on that your student should speak to a mental health professional about. Mental Health America provides free tools that take only a few minutes, including a Parent Screening. Mental Health America also provides information on many specific mental health diagnoses and other mental health related topics such as:
- Alcohol use and abuse
- Anxiety disorders
- Being an effective caregiver
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Healthy mental and emotional development
- Military mental health