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Information for Vassar Students About Accessing Mental Health Support

Due to COVID-19 health pandemic, to maintain the health and safety of our students and counselors, the Vassar College Counseling Service will be operating primarily through a telehealth platform in the Fall 2020 semester.

Students who are on campus or in New York State

Students are invited to contact the Counseling Service at 845-437-5700 during business hours if you would like to schedule an appointment. You will receive an email with instructions about how to complete online paperwork including an informed consent that provides information about teletherapy, as well as information about how to log into your session with the counselor through Therapy Assistance Online (TAO.)

When you call us, please let the administrative assistant know if you are experiencing a psychological emergency and are feeling at risk of hurting yourself or someone else.

You also have 24/7 access to a counselor on call by calling the Campus Response Center at 845-437-7333 and requesting to speak to the counselor on call.

Vassar subscribes to an on-line program called Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) that provides self-help modules. It provides perspectives and training derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness practices to address anxiety, relationships, and low mood (anyone with a Vassar email can log on and access these tools.)
Log into TAO

Students who are out of state

The Counseling Service is committed to partnering with you to be sure you are accessing the mental health support that you need. Please feel free to contact the Counseling Service and we will review your current state laws to see if we can provide therapy support to you. If we are not legally allowed to provide treatment, we can offer support to you through our conversation hours, workshops, and walk-in-clinic. We can also work closely with you to assist you in finding local resources or in forwarding your counseling records to a new doctor or therapist. Please call us at 845-437-5700 or email us at counseling@vassar.edu.

If you are experiencing a psychological emergency, please call the Lifeline: 800-273-8255, or text the Crisis Textline: Text GOT5 to 741741

Additional resources that may be helpful

Healthiest You. United Health Care Student Resources and HealthiestYou have partnered together to provide 24/7 access to doctors and mental health care. All tele-health services, including therapy and psychiatry services, are free for students covered under the UHCSR Vassar insurance plan. Services are available for all other students for a fee. More information.

Vassar subscribes to an on-line program called Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) that provides self-help modules. It provides perspectives and training derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness practices to address anxiety, relationships, and low mood (anyone with a Vassar email can log on and access these tools.)
Log into TAO

Vassar College Counseling Service has partnered with Thriving Campus, an online resource that helps you access and connect with off-campus mental health care. Browse and filter providers based on your needs and preferences, get answers to common questions, and reach out to community providers and connect with mental health care.

Psychology Today is a website that has a robust listing of local therapists, psychiatrists, groups, and treatment facilities.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Crisis Textline
Text GOT5 to 741741
Crisis Textline serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support, and information via a medium of people. Text messages are confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill.

  • Crisis Textline for Students of Color
    Text STEVE to 741741
  • Crisis Textline by Black Women Crisis Counselors
    Text TRIBE to 741741
  • Crisis Textline for Eating Concerns
    Text NEDA to 741741
  • Crisis Textline for Addiction
    Text 4HOPE to 741741

Trevor Lifeline
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13–24.

  • TrevorLifeline
    866-488-7386
    A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7.
  • TrevorText
    Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200. Available Monday through Friday between 3pm–10pm EST / Noon–7pm PT. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • TrevorChat
    Available 7 Days A Week: 3pm–10pm ET/Noon–7pm PT. You can usually expect to wait just a few minutes to speak to a counselor, but if they are very busy the wait can be up to a half hour.

Veteran’s Crisis Line
800-273-8255 and Press 1
Text 838255
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.