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.   

Walk with the SHaW Center-
Walk your way to better Mental and Physical Health this summer!  Beginning July 6, the Student Health and Wellness Center for Success is starting our Walk with the SHaW Center program to keep our students, faculty, and staff MC Strong.  Our goal for the summer is to have the Montgomery College community take 500,000 steps for good health.   
Three days a week we’ll get on Zoom new windowfor a 30-minute walk.  You can walk around the block, in a local park, or explore a new hiking trail.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go, just get out there and get moving! 
Mondays at 6pm we’ll have a Walk and Chat. 
Wednesdays at 6pm will be Party Walk. 
Fridays at 9am will be a Meditation Walk. 
After each walk, log the amount of steps you’ve taken herenew window
This is a no-pressure fun activity, but if you like a little competition to keep you motivated, you can download the Pacer app and join our group Walk with the SHaW Centernew window to see if you can walk the most steps each week. 
Follow us on social media for tips on nutrition, hydrating, and self-care through the summer months.  Post your own progress and tag us!  Anyone is able to participate at any time, but if you’d like email reminders, please sign-up herenew window
Check out our orientation videonew window where we’ll go over all of the aspects of the program so you can make the most of your walking journey in Summer 2020! 

LCPC Support Groups-
1-hour weekly group led by a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor focused on COVID-19, protests and racial equity, academics, and other general mental health concerns.  **Ends the week of July 6 
Mondays from 5:00-6:00pm 
Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm 
Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm 
Students must register herenew window

Mindfulness Meditationnew window-
Join in for a 15-minute mindfulness meditation to take a break in your day and recenter yourself.
Tuesdays from 12:00-12:15pm 
Wednesdays from 1:30-1:45pm 

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