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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 Counselor Cedric Rashaw.

Mondays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm
Register here to participate.

Mindful Mondays
Join us every Monday from 12-12:15pm from February 1 through May 3, 2021 for a 15-minute mindfulness meditation via videoconference to take a break in your day and recenter yourself.

Sleep Awareness Week
One of the most important things we can do for our health is get good sleep, however it is something that many people struggle with.  During this Sleep Awareness Week workshop we'll discuss how sleep (and lack thereof) positively and negatively impacts our physical and mental wellbeing.  We'll also discuss ways to help improve the duration and quality of sleep you're getting.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 1:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 3:00-4:00pm
*Both sessions will be the same workshop

Students who attend will be entered into a drawing to win one of 30 Sleepy Time Bags filled with goodies to help promote a good night sleep like ear plugs, eye masks, Sleep tea, and more! 

"Enjoy Life Responsibly" Alcohol Safety Workshop
Alcohol is a major part of American college culture- it's something we hear about on the news, see in movies and tv, and may have participated in ourselves at some point.  Rather than moralizing or telling you never to have any alcohol, this workshop will be an exploration of how to use alcohol safely if you do choose to drink.  

Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1:00-2:00pm

Managing Stress with Mindfulness
As the semester draws to a close, its more important than ever to manage stress levels.  Mindfulness is an easy and non-judgmental tool that can be implemented in only 5 minutes, but can also be used for longer periods of meditation.  Join our workshop to learn about how to use mindfulness to manage your end of semester stress.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 3:00-4:00pm

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