Mental Health and Wellness

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Montgomery College understands that when talking about student wellness, mental health must also be included in the discussion. Promoting and fostering mental wellness has been shown to improve academic performance and increase graduation rates. 

Along with rigorous course loads, our students juggle full-time jobs, military service, families, and other areas of a full life. The stress that college students, especially community college students, face can lead to more serious problems if not identified early and addressed. Students do not have to face these challenges alone, and the college community has resources and programming, both in the community and on campus, to help students get and stay mentally healthy.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call, text, or chat 24 hours a day: 

  • Montgomery County Crisis Hotline: 240-777-4000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255. Press 1 for Veterans Crisis Line
  • Online chat support at imalive.orgnew window
  • Text chat support: Text “Start” to 741741
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Substance Abuse

Find out more about different drugs of abuse and community resources for everyone impacted by substance use.

Substance use and abuse doesn’t just have a negative impact on an individual’s mental health but also disrupts the user’s family and social support systems. If you or someone you love has been dealing with the effects of substance use, find out more about different drugs of abuse and community resources for everyone impacted by substance use.

Most people have been touched in some way by substance use and addiction, whether it be their own use, friends, or family.  Sometimes, something that starts out as a way to relax and have fun or to escape pain can turn into a life-threatening problem. 

The national crisis surrounding prescription opioids and heroin has started more conversations and led to a greater understanding of how alcohol and other drugs impact the body and brain.  Montgomery College wants to continue that conversation and provide students with information about addiction as well as treatments. 

Learn the Facts

Do you think you, or someone you know, has a problem with alcohol or other drugs?  Take this short screenernew window and use the results to start a conversation with your doctor or counselor.  

Find community resources for substance abuse

Mental Health and Wellness Events

Find campus events. 

With the College on remote learning, we understand that stress levels might rise.  We want to keep up our robust program of stress relieving activities via Zoom while the campuses are closed.  All students are welcome to attend events, regardless of campus.   

Support Groups
To provide our students additional mental health support, we are offering no-cost to participant groups lead by Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors.  Any student may register and participate.  Groups begin the week of September 14 and run through the week of October 19, 2020.  

  • Mondays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with Cedric Rashaw, LCPC

Mindful Mondays
Join us every Monday from 12-12:15pm from September 14 through December 7, 2020 for a 15-minute mindfulness meditation via videoconference to take a break in your day and recenter yourself.

What Is Counseling?
Have you ever wondered what counseling actually is, what is expected of you as the client, or what you should expect your counselor to do?  You aren't alone, in fact many people don't really know what to expect from a counseling session.  Come and join our workshop series this semester to explore what individual and group counseling are, as well as what to expect if you see a psychiatrist.  Register for each session using the links below.

Recovery in Quarantine
Join us for a workshop with Jivwe Partridge, LMSW, of BornFree Wellness on what substance abuse recovery looks like since the beginning of COVID-19 and the major changes to how we all live and interact. Register here.
**Postponed but will be rescheduled**

World Mental Health Day 
In celebration of World Mental Health Day, we will be hosting Javier Cabrera-Rosales from the Active Minds Speakers Bureau as he talks about his life experiences with mental health and substance abuse in "Cultural Identity and The Struggle to Belong: A Journey of Love, Trauma, and Acceptance."  Register here
Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Walk with the SHaW Center
Work out your mind and body with our Meditation Walks.  Every Tuesday in October we'll be doing a guided meditation as we walk around our neighborhoods, at a park, or wherever you'd like.  Sign up for weekly reminders or just join us each Tuesday from 1-1:30pm.

Stress and Anxiety Management: Learning Self-Compassion 
As midterms pass and finals approach, increased stress is expected among students.  Join us for a workshop exploring the impacts of stress on our physical and mental wellbeing and how we can use the principles of Self-Compassion to help us navigate the ups and downs of life. Register here.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Raptor Lounge
Raptor Lounge is back!  Come to an open Zoom group to socialize and relax.  Bring a craft project, writing, or whatever you do for stress relief and join in for some purposeful down-time.  No homework allowed!

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Campus Resources

Counseling and advising resources, behavioral intervention team, and more

Community Resources 

Find community resources and social services by location, by payment option, by type of services, or by clinical specialty.

Montgomery County 311new window: Call for information about any Montgomery County program or to request services. Available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Browse programs and resources below. 

By Location

  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Area
  • Rockville Area
  • Germantown Area
  • Montgomery County
  • Frederick County
  • Prince Georges County
  • Howard County
  • Washington, D.C.

By Payment Option

  • Medicare/Medicaid
  • Private Insurance
  • Self-Pay/Sliding Scale
  • Free of Charge

By Type of Services Offered

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Medication Management
  • Inpatient/Partial Hospitalization/Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Self-Help and Other Support

By Clinical Specialty

  • Military/Veterans      
  • Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
  • Multilingual

Social Services

  • WIC/Pregnancy/Childcare
  • Medical Services
  • Shelter/Housing
  • Transportation
  • Legal Support
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Advocacy Programs
  • Employment/Financial

National Behavioral Health Organizations and Resources
Collegiate Mental Health
General Mental Health
Domestic Violence
Suicide Prevention