Break and After-Hours Mental Health Care
- On-campus students experiencing an emergency should call Campus Safety at (860) 439-2222.
- Off-campus students experiencing an emergency should call their local emergency services at 911 or the appropriate emergency resource number for their location.
- You can reach the service by calling (860) 439-4587 and pressing option 2.
- This is a telephone-based mental health service that is available to all students in need of access to mental health support when Student Counseling Services is not open.
- This service provides students with access to an off-site counselor who will provide support at any time during the evening, weekend or break.
- Through the app, you can call or chat with a Student Support Counselor 24/7 in real-time or schedule a telephone or video session that fits your schedule. My SSP provides support in the event of a personal crisis and also connects students with providers, offering both short and long-term counseling.
- You can browse a digital library of helpful articles and videos.
- Or, you can call them directly at (866) 743-7732 (If calling from outside North America, dial 001-416-380-6578).
- The services offered through this app are paid for by Connecticut College.
Student Counseling Services Hours During the Academic Year
|Monday||8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday||8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.|
|Thursday||8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m.|
|Friday||8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.|
Student Counseling Services is currently closed for summer break. We will re-open on Monday, August 16th. Questions may be directed to SCS@conncoll.edu.
Message of Support, Solidarity, and Coping Recommendations from
Student Counseling and Health Services
March 2021 Message to the Community
As stated in the message below, Student Counseling Services stands in solidarity with those at risk of racist violence, with those who take antiracist actions. We are committed to doing our part to support equity in the context of our role in the community. In light of the ongoing and recent violence against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities - as adjunctive resources to those included in the message below we offer the following:
Resources to facilitate AAPI individuals’ wellness and resilience given the current context:
Resources to facilitate learning about and witnessing of AAPI experiences in America:
Resources to facilitate sustainable antiracist justice-oriented action:
In keeping with the Institution's mission and values, we know that Connecticut College community members are compassionate, empowered, and actively engaged in the campus, local, and global communities. Given the aforementioned, we know that you may be feeling many things in response to the Nation’s most recent efforts to confront deeply institutionally embedded anti-Black racism. We stand in solidarity with those who are at risk of racist violence, with those who are taking action, and we are committed to doing our part to support equity in the context of our role in the community. As the Connecticut College community staff persons honored with tending to and advocating for students' mental and physical health at this time, we think it important to speak to the connection between inequity, the fight for justice, and mental health and wellbeing. We hope that the words and resources included in this communication will assist you in maintaining your wellness during this time.
Pervasive institutional racism and other manifestations of bigotry disproportionately impact marginalized communities; they are, as we are seeing at present (and have seen in the past), life-threatening. Systemic racism and injustice have a deleterious effect on the mental and physical health of both its targets and the larger society. These realities are painful and difficult to process and "sit with." Accordingly, we encourage you not to simply sit with them. We suggest that following a period of reflection, you work to actively confront these realities and honor your related emotions.
Confronting the reality of inequity and injustice and its impact on human lives is a part of the process of moving toward mental health and wellbeing for individuals, it is also a necessary means of creating societal change. We encourage Conn community members to stay aware of and to engage with these realities by pursuing accurate historic and current information. Additionally, we encourage taking related empowered actions to facilitate change. Know that change-oriented action comes in a variety of forms; for some, it may involve written or verbal communication either in small spheres of influence or public forums. Others may engage in protests aimed at legislative reform. All change-oriented action is meaningful and has the potential to serve as a valuable contribution. Regardless of the specific mode of action, change-oriented processes facilitate hope, understanding, agency, and connection with others. Hope, understanding, agency, and connection between people increase mental health and wellbeing. Notably, these (among other things) are factors that may serve to reduce the biases that underlie discriminatory actions against others; the very change targeted by the actions.
We know that there is an emotional and physical toll related to confronting reality, speaking truth to power, protesting, and working toward equity and justice. Accordingly, we offer the following recommendations related to engagement in that work: honor your limits by boundary setting, allow time and space for pauses and reflection, take breaks (or time away from the action) as needed, engage in life-affirming pleasurable activities in between work to confront and address inequity-related realities. The treatment of Black people and other marginalized communities in our Nation often fails to reflect an appreciation for and awareness of their humanity. Honoring the full humanity of others and yourself is at such times a radical act. Radical self-care is an integral part of sustainable work toward justice, surviving, and thriving during times of adversity. We urge Conn community members to couple change-focused engagement with radical self-care. Tend to your physical and mental health by engaging in regular practices of mindfulness, emotional processing, counseling support as necessary, and connections with others.
Although we are not open during the summer months, we offer the resources that follow this letter to the community at this time. We look forward to engaging again with you all in the fall. Until then, please stay well and take good care,
Your Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services Staff
Resources to support your sustainable engagement in change-oriented action:
- Black Lives Matter Toolkits
- Interview with Rhonda Magee: When Mindfulness and Racism Interact
- Black Lives Matter Healing Action
- #Squadcare by Harris-Perry
- Mantay on Activism and Self-care
- Fighting Racism Through Inner Work
Resources for coping with and confronting racism for Black individuals and communities (curated by the University Of Illinois)
- Black Lives Matter: Meditations
- Common Coping Strategies
- Discrimination: What It Is and How to Cope
- Emotionally Restorative Self-Care for People of Color
- Filling Our Cups: 4 Ways People of Color Can Foster Mental Health and Practice Restorative Healing
- Grief is a Direct Impact of Racism: Eight Ways to Support Yourself
- Healing Justice is How We Can Sustain Black Lives
- Liberate Meditation App (by and for people of color)
- NAMI: African American Mental Health
- Proactively Coping with Racism
- Radical Self-Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress
- Racism Recovery Steps
- Recovering Emotionally From Disaster
- Supporting Kids of Color in the Wake of Racialized Violence
- Talking about Race: Self-Care
- Tips for Self-Care: When Police Brutality Has You Questioning Humanity and Social Media is Enough
- Tips for Supporting Each Other
- We Heal Too
Resources to facilitate antiracism (curated by the University Of Illinois)
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Antiracism Learning Opportunities through Enrich Chicago
- Antiracist Toolkit for Teachers and Researchers
- Detour-Spotting for White Antiracists
- Disarming Racial Microaggressions: Microintervention Strategies for Targets, White Allies, and Bystanders
- Expressive Writing Prompts to Use if You’ve Been Accused of White Fragility, Spiritual Bypassing, or White Privilege
- Harvard Implicit Bias Test
- How to Talk to Kids about Race: Books and Resources That Can Help
- How Well-Intentioned White Families Can Perpetuate Racism
- Resources for Educators Focusing on Antiracist Learning and Teaching
- Talking About Race: Being Antiracist
- Toolkit for Teaching about Racism
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Resources to facilitate ongoing efforts to coping with the global pandemic:
Student Counseling Services has an after-hours service. If you need to speak with a counselor after our regular business hours, just call our office number at 860-439-4587, and press 2.
About Student Counseling Services
Our goal is to enhance each individual's ability to learn, to create and to be fully participating members of the College community by utilizing safe, culturally sensitive and inclusive approaches to mental health treatment. Care is provided in a safe and compassionate atmosphere at no cost to the student.
Some students come only once or twice to discuss something that concerns them, while others may require more ongoing care. The counselors also consult with students, faculty, staff or family members if they are concerned about a specific student, or how to speak to a specific student.
*Connecticut College Student Counseling Services has been accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS) since 2005.
We provide students with a wide range of outpatient clinical services in a safe, compassionate atmosphere including:
- Individual and group counseling (see Support Groups and Events)
- Psychopharmacological evaluation and medication management
- Crisis intervention services
- Outreach, consultation, and Gatekeeper Training to the College community
- Psycho-educational forums
- Referral to off-campus clinicians for specialized and/or intensive treatment
- Light therapy
|Some of the student concerns that can be addressed in treatment include:|
|Alcohol/substance use & abuse||Self-esteem|
|Sexuality||Problems in living|
|Adjustment issues||Identity issues|
|Sexual assault||Other mental health issues|