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Information for Vassar Students about accessing mental health support

Here is an article by the Center for Disease Control about how to remain psychologically healthy during a stressful time like this:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Students who are on campus

Appointments that are already scheduled for the next few weeks will be cancelled. Students are invited to contact the Counseling Service at 845-437-5700 during business hours if you would like to speak to a counselor. For new clients, you will be scheduled for an initial 50 minute video call with a counselor and asked to complete intake paperwork on line prior to your appointment.  For clients who have been seen this academic year, you will be scheduled for a half hour video call with a counselor that same day if possible, or if the counselors’ schedules are already full for that day, you will be scheduled for an appointment within the next few days.  You will receive an email with instructions about how to complete an informed consent on line that provides information about teletherapy, as well as information about how to log into your session with the counselor through T.A.O. (Therapy Assistance Online).

Please see Telehealth informed consent document. You will be asked to sign a digital version of this document before engaging in a telehealth appointment.

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 T.A.O. 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) https://thepath.taoconnect.org/local/login/index.php

Additional Poughkeepsie non-Vassar resources

Dutchess County Helpline - CALL or TEXT HELPLINE  877-485-9700

Crisis Stabilization Center 845-485-9700

  • When people are in crisis, the Stabilization Center serves as a safe, comforting place to come, talk to caring professionals, and get help for the immediate issue(s) plus those that may extend beyond their stay at the Center. First, the staff works with you to handle or lessen the issue(s) at hand. Then, they will personally connect you to the correct services and resources in our community that can support you going forward. Their work with you is 100% transparent, planned with your input, and barrier-free.

Students who are off campus

Given that you will not be on campus, we want to be sure that you will be able to access any local psychological support that you need in your current location.  If you would like assistance from the Counseling Service 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 

Some resources that may be helpful:

Students have online access to a licensed counselor through BetterHelp, a national virtual counseling service. By visiting http://www.counseling4students.com/, students can speak with counselors who will be available to you via ongoing text communications, live chat, phone, video or groupinars. This service is free if you have the student insurance, and $40-70 fee per week if you don't.

Vassar subscribes to an on-line program called T.A.O. 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): https://thepath.taoconnect.org/local/login/index.php

Vassar College Counseling Service has partnered with Thriving Campus, an online resource that helps you access and connect with off-campus mental health care. Visit vassar.thrivingcampus.com from your computer or mobile device to: 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.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

  • 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.