Students come to the Counseling Service to consult with clinicians about concerns related to stress and anxiety, identity development, relationship and family issues, depression, trauma, personal growth, and more. We strive to provide safe, confidential, and culturally competent counseling services to the unique and diverse student population at MHC.
The Counseling Service is a scent-free environment. Please help us maintain a space accessible to community members whose health and well-being are adversely affected by scented products. Kindly refrain from using perfumes and colognes, as well as scented soaps, lotions, hair products, and laundry detergents/softeners.
Responding to Natural Disasters
Hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico are affecting many members of the MHC community with ties to areas devastated by these events. Fear for the safety of loved ones, coping with the loss of homes and property, and concerns about the financial toll and recovery efforts are sources of stress that can cause a number of common reactions. Disbelief, anxiety, appetite and sleep disturbance, distractibility, and feelings of powerlessness are just a few. The following links provide more information about common reactions and ways to cope with the stress of natural disasters:
- College Students: Coping After the Hurricane, National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Coping with the Stress of Natural Disasters, Mental Health America
- Recovering Emotionally from Disaster, American Psychological Association
We are here if you are in need of support. Please call or walk in during business hours to make an appointment, or talk with a trained counselor after hours by calling our 24/7 Care and Support Line at 413-538-2037.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!
Calls to suicide prevention hotlines reportedly increased by 50% after Logic's VMA perfomance on August 30th of "1-800-273-8255" with Khalid and Alessia Cara. The artist hopes to challenge stigma about mental health issues, and to let people know they are not alone and encourage them to seek help.
Drop-in Talkin' Hours!
Could you use a space to check in about a problem or get some support? Think traditional counseling might not be for you? Try Drop-in Talkin' for a free and confidential consultation. These drop-in hours are designed to support students around stress, academic problems, relationships, adjusting to a new culture, family problems, financial difficulties, and other concerns. Additional information at Drop-in Talkin' FAQ.
No appointment necessary! During the academic year one of our counselors will be in:
Wednesdays from 6-8 PM
Fridays from 2-4 PM
Making an Appointment
The best way to make an appointment is to walk in or call 413-538-2037 during business hours. Our administrative assistant can work with you to find the earliest available appointment that fits with your schedule.
- Find links to local and national online Resources for information on topics like anxiety, body image, procrastination, and more.
- Check out Mobile Apps that can help you with sleep, anxiety, and other concerns.
- Locate answers to Frequently Asked Questions by students and faculty/staff.
- Guides to help faculty and staff recognize and respond to students in distress.
- Counseling Service - during business hours, walk in or call 413-538-2037.
- After Hours - call 413-538-2037 and follow the prompts.
- Campus Police Anytime - 413-538-2304.
- Urgent Concerns and Emergencies - for more information and links to national resources for suicide prevention.