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Personal Counseling

Counseling & Advising’s mission is to advocate for student, college, and community success by promoting balanced learning in an academic environment which embraces intellectual, physical, spiritual, social, and emotional values. Counseling & Advising can provide brief personal counseling for registered Montgomery College students on a short-term basis to deal with an immediate concern. We are here when you need someone who will listen, help, and assist in providing coping skills, developing insights and exploring alternatives intended to enhance your success and wellness, with a focus on helping you achieve your educational goals. Counseling & Advising does not provide ongoing therapy services to students, but can provide referrals to other resources and services for further support and treatment for ongoing mental health needs. All information shared with a counselor is generally confidential. If you would like connect with someone Counseling & Advising, please fill out our scheduling request formnew window. Students with disabilities: Learn how to schedule an appointment with Disability Support Services (DSS). The college community has additional resources and programming, both in the community and on campus, to help students get and stay mentally healthy. Check out some great resources: Mental Health and Wellness.

Are you or someone you know having a crisis?

24 Hour Montgomery County Crisis Hotline: 301-738-2255
24 Hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255  Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line
24 Hour online support at Crisischat.orgnew window
24 Hour text chat support: Text “Start” to 741741
24 Hour National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

Montgomery College Resources

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

Resources on the Web

College is a time of learning and transition for many individuals, which can be exciting and sometimes stressful. As students learn more about themselves, their peers, their communities and the world at large they explore and develop their sense of self, their interests, and strengths. Some students may feel a call to help others, while some students learn that they themselves need more help and support as stressors may make life more difficult to navigate on one's own. There are many local and national resources available to get involved with the mental health and wellness community as a helper, as well as resources that can help you or your loved ones get help in coping with mental health concerns.

Kognito At-Risknew window 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 Illnessnew window 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:
NAMI also provides information on living with a mental health diagnosisnew window, 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 Americanew window provides free tools that take only a few minutes. They offer screenings for:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
If you would like to discuss your screening results with someone in Counseling & Advising, fill out our scheduling request formnew window.

ULifeline and Transition Year are mental health resources specifically geared toward college students.

ULifelinenew window 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 Yearnew window 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.
For some students, transitioning to college life can be a challenge. This is especially true if a student has been dealing with additional life stressors or mental health issues. As a parent, how can you help your child through this sometimes difficult time? There are many free online resources available to guide parents in how to interact with their college-aged children when they think they may be struggling with academic stress, bullying, mental health issues or even suicidal thoughts. 

The Jed Foundationnew window 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? (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Transition Yearnew window 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 Americanew window provides free tools that take only a few minutes, including a Parent Screeningnew window. Mental Health America also provides information on many specific mental health diagnoses and other mental health related topics such as:
  • ADHD
  • Alcohol use and abuse
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Being an effective caregiver
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Healthy mental and emotional development
  • Military mental health
  • Suicide
Montgomery College also has resources available. In the Community Resources tab above there are listings for various counseling professionals in the Montgomery County area. If your student isn't sure where to start, they can click on the Students tab and find out how to make an appointment with their campus Counseling and Advising Center, which can provide additional support and community resources.

Find behavioral health resources in Montgomery County and surrounding areas. 

Montgomery County 311new window- Call for information about any Montgomery County program or to request services.  Available between 7am and 7pm Monday through Friday.