Mental Health Resources for Students

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

I write to share with you a letter that was sent to your student, providing information on mental health resources available to them. This has been a challenging time, and we are so impressed by the resiliency of our students. We know, however, that there is a need for additional support for mental health and wellbeing, and we hope that this list is helpful for you and your student.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you for supporting your student.

Regards, 

Janet Dee Spoltore, Ph.D., ABPP 
Director of Student Counseling and Health Services


Dear Students,

As the end of the semester draws near, we want to express how impressed we are with all of you, as you have navigated an unprecedented semester with strength and resilience. We know that resilience comes at a cost and does not signify the absence of distress. Accordingly, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the many resources available through Student Counseling Services (SCS) to help support your mental health during these challenging times.

Individual Counseling

  • Individual counseling, provided remotely by our SCS staff, is available to all students studying within the State of Connecticut. Appointments may be made by emailing SCS@conncoll.edu or by calling (860) 439-4587.

  • For students studying remotely outside the State of Connecticut (both domestic and abroad), we have partnered with Morneau Shepell My Student Support Program (My SSP) to provide free 24/7 mental health care—even when the Health Center is closed. You can download the free My SSP App on the App Store or Google Play
    • 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. 

  • Appointments with the psychiatrist for medication evaluation and follow-up are provided remotely and are available to all students, regardless of state. An appointment with a counselor is required prior to meeting with the psychiatrist. Students may schedule an appointment by emailing SCS@conncoll.edu or by calling us directly at (860)439-4587.

Group Counseling

  • Group counseling, provided remotely by our SCS staff, is available to all students studying within the State of Connecticut. Groups are offered daily. Students may sign up by emailing SCS@conncoll.edu or by calling (860) 439-4587.

    • Mondays: Womxn’s Group, 4-5 p.m.

    • Tuesdays: SMART Recovery Group (alternative AA), 4-5 p.m.

    • Wednesdays: General Support Group, 4-5 p.m.

    • Thursdays: General Support Group, 4-5 p.m.

    • Fridays: General Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Group Drop-in Meetings/Psychoeducational Groups

  • Multiple remote drop-in groups are offered throughout the week. Students may register by emailing SCS@conncoll.edu or by calling (860) 439-4587.

    • Tuesdays: 4- 5 p.m., Mindfully Coping During COVID-19 and Quarantine

  • Identity-focused Group Series - to register email SCS@connoll.edu and indicate which group(s) you are interested in joining. 

    • Thursdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Identity Focused Group: Coping with and Healing From Homophobia, Transphobia and Heterosexism. Meets every other week.

    • Thursdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Identity Focused Group: Coping and Healing from Internalized Heterosexism. Meets every other week.

    • Thursdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Identity Focused Group: Coping and Healing from Internalized White Privilege. Meets every other week.

    • Fridays: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Foundations in Mindfulness

After-Hours 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.

  • On-campus students needing assistance after-hours may reach an off-site licensed professional clinician who has partnered with us. 

    • 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 breaks.

  • Students studying remotely, outside of Connecticut, both domestic and abroad:

    • Download the free My SSP App, available on the App Store or Google Play 

    • See information above for more details on My SSP. 

Additional Resources

We hope this email provides you with the information you need to take care of yourself. We look forward to the time when we can support you all in person. In the meantime, remember that we are all in this together. No Camel is alone—we are here to help you!

Sincerely,

Janet Dee Spoltore, Ph.D., ABPP 
Director of Student Counseling and Health Services