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Winter Break Resources

As we prepare for winter break please be informed of mental health support services available for students December 21 through January 18th. Counseling Services will be on a modified schedule. Please see the information below. Feel free to contact the office of Dean Luis ( if you have any questions. If you have a campus emergency, please contact CRC at ext. 7333 or (845) 437-7333

Counseling Services

Students seeking mental health support over winter break who are on campus may access a counselor 24/7 by contacting the campus response center at (845) 437-7333 and ask to speak to the counselor on call. Vassar Counseling Service staff therapists will be following up with students who seek this support.

If students prefer to access non-Vassar support, they can call the Dutchess County Helpline at (845) 485-9700 or Toll Free (877) 485-9700 or text 741741 to speak to a trained counselor.

Students can go to the Dutchess County Stabilization Center at 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie which is a 100% voluntary walk in clinic to support individuals in various stages of crisis.

Students also have online access to a licensed counselor through BetterHelp, a national virtual counseling service. By visiting, 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 also 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).