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Mental Wellness

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Nourishing the Mind, Body, and Spirit

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
Mental Health and Wellness Events

Find campus events. 

As we return to campus from primarily remote learning, we know that stress levels will likely rise. We want to offer our robust program of educational and stress relieving activities via Zoom and virtually while we transition. All students are welcome to attend events, regardless of campus. 

Mind and Mood Balance: 

A sequential three-part mental health series for MC students focused on helping you change your relationship with painful thoughts and feelings. The program teaches techniques for recognizing and moving past situations that cause them to get “stuck” in stress, anger, and anxiety. Mind and Mood Balance can provide skills to help you:  

  • Manage and reduce stress and anxiety
  • Be more flexible in your thinking
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of your thoughts and feelings without judgment
  • Understand where you get “stuck” and how to move beyond 

All meetings will be held in SV302 on the Rockville Campus. Each segment must be taken in order and will be offered at two times each Monday.  

  • Part I: October 9, 11a.m.–noon and 3–4 p.m.
  • Part II: October 16, 11a.m.–noon and 3–4 p.m.
  • Part III: October 23, 11a.m.–noon and 3–4 p.m.

Students can register at:  Mind and Mood Balancenew window 

Mental Health First Aid:

Check back for more dates soon. 

Educational Workshops:

Check back for more dates soon!

Bio-feedback Stress Relief Events:

Want to make a request for a 20–45-minute stress relief training for your class? Email  

Peer Support Groups:

Whether you're readjusting to classes on campus or attending in person for the first time, being a college student is stressful! Our Peer Advocates Carlos, Anne, and Brigette, students like you–not a counselor or therapist, and your fellow MC students are here to talk about frustrations, challenges, and successes in a safe space.

Visit the Peer2Peer page to see the latest group schedule. 

Campus Resources

Counseling and advising resources, behavioral intervention team, and more.

Community Resources 

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

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.

Learn More About Mental Health

Mental Health is something that everyone has. We often separate Physical and Mental Health, but they are actually connected and what goes on in our physical bodies can impact our mental state, and our mental state can impact our physical health. Taking care of Mental Health includes self-care, a strong support system, rest, and for some people therapy and medication. To learn more about supporting your Mental Health and relieving stress, check out some of the resources below.

  • Terms to Know- A Mental Health Glossary from Mental Health Americanew window
  • Life on Campusnew window: A guide for how to deal with the stress and anxiety of college life from balancing school and work to planning for your future after college.
  • About Mental Illnessnew window: Learn more about the warning signs that you or a loved one might be struggling with a diagnosable mental health disorder, different types of mental health disorders, and the treatments that are available for you or your loved one.
  • Mindfulness as Self-Care:new window Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment without needing to label or judge our experiences. has plentiful information about using mindfulness as self-care as well as free mindfulness meditations.
  • Self-Care and Mental Healthnew window: Self-care is unique to each individual person, learn about some different types of self-care you can engage in and see what works best for you.