Mental Health Services
There are times when students struggle and we can help if you are seeking support.
- Short Term Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Medication Evaluations and Medication Management
- Mental Health Emergencies
- Suicide Prevention Program
Faculty and Staff Concerned About a Student? Click here for more information.
For a list of Mental Health resources, click here.
For appointments, please call (301) 314-8106.
Short Term Individual Therapy
YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT AT THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE
When you call or stop by to schedule your first appointment, every effort will be made to give you an appointment as soon as possible. At times of high demand, or if you wish to see a particular therapist, you may have to wait longer for an appointment.
If you need immediate help for an emergency, please inform our staff of this when you request an appointment.
Once you have scheduled an initial appointment, please visit myuhc.umd.edu and complete the intake paperwork. Don't forget to click the "SUBMIT" button when you're finished, or your information will be lost.
It is essential that you arrive on time for your first appointment. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be asked to reschedule.
During your first appointment, we will discuss your reasons for coming in and together we will work to understand and create a plan that best fits your needs and your specific situation. This might include services on or off campus.
The Mental Health Service provides short-term, individual therapy. Sometimes students need or want more care than the Mental Health Service is able to provide. In these situations, students will be offered referrals to more appropriate treatment options, including clinicians or programs in the community. The Mental Health Service is always available to provide emergency and crisis care for students.
Group therapy is sometimes the most effective way of learning and growing. In group therapy, four to ten students meet with one or two therapists and talk about what is troubling them.
- Acceptance - having a safe space to talk to other people about your issues
- Universality - feeling that you are not alone and others share your problems
- Feedback - a safe place to give and receive feedback about what it is like to be with each other
Group therapy is unique because CONFIDENTIALITY is extremely important. It is stressed that all members not discuss the content of group sessions outside of the group. Students in group therapy work to create a level of trust that allows them to talk openly and honestly.
All groups are FREE. Most groups meet once a week and require a commitment for the semester. There is no limit to how many semesters a student can attend group therapy. Groups are only available for registered University of Maryland, College Park students.
Participation in a group requires a pre-screening with one of the group leaders, to make sure that the group is a good fit for your needs. Students interested in joining any of the groups should make an appointment by calling (301) 314-8106. Generally, the following groups are offered:
- Eating & Body Image Concerns
- Graduate & Returning Students
- Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Recovery
- Depression / Anxiety / Relationships
- Women's Growth
- Chronic Psychiatric Illness
Here is what some UMD students have said about their experience in group therapy at the Mental Health Service:
"I gained insight into how I relate with others and communicate with other people."
"I learned that maybe it's OK to be myself."
"Group helped me feel less alone."
Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners are medical providers who work with students to evaluate and assess whether medication could be helpful.
Please note that our medication evaluation and management services are mainly consultative and short term.
Students who already have prescribers in Maryland’s Montgomery or Prince Georges counties, or in the District of Columbia will be asked to continue with their current prescriber. Students who are not currently on medications who need to be started on medications will be seen for evaluation and medication initiation. Students will be followed for approximately two semesters in our service. Once you are stable on your medications you will be referred to an outside provider for follow-up. You may be referred to a psychiatrist in the community, or in some cases you may be able to get your prescriptions refilled in the Health Center’s Primary Care Departments.
If you are interested in medication, you may call (301) 314-8106 to schedule a psychiatric evaluation. Medication management follow up services are also available.
If you prefer to see a psychiatric provider in the community, you can call (301) 314-8106 and request a copy of our list of psychiatrists in the community. This list is not comprehensive, nor is it an endorsement of any particular doctor, so you can always look for other doctors online or through your insurance company. You can find out about your mental health insurance coverage by asking your parents or by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.
Medication for ADHD
If you are already receiving medication for ADHD, we strongly encourage you to continue to receive medication from your treating clinician. If continuing with a previous provider is not possible, and you have health insurance, the Mental Health Service can support you in finding a community psychiatrist to assist you with medication. If continuing with a previous provider is not possible, a mental health prescriber may be willing to consider prescribing medication for ADHD. However, you must submit written documentation of your previous diagnosis and treatment BEFORE your first appointment at the Mental Health Service. Even with prior documentation, Mental Health Service prescribers will use their discretion to prescribe medication based on their clinical assessment.
Mental Health Emergencies
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A LIFE THREATENING MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 OR GO TO THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
What else is considered an emergency? Students having thoughts about harming themselves or someone else, or those who are struggling to function or take care of basic daily needs, should be seen by a mental health professional as soon as possible. If something feels urgent enough to you to warrant seeing a therapist the same day, please let our staff know this when you call or stop by.
The Mental Health Service offers urgent services Monday - Friday, 8:30am-5pm. During this time, the Mental Health Service (301-314-8106) is available to respond to acute concerns and provide urgent assessments. Students, staff, faculty or parents can call or walk in and request to speak with a clinician. This initial call or meeting may be brief, proceeded by a follow up appointment or other recommendations.
Students in crisis who live in University residence halls should see their Resident Assistant or Resident Director for support and help in contacting mental health resources.
Students, staff, faculty members or parents can bring students to the Mental Health Service for urgent matters. You may also call or come in to discuss someone you believe is at risk.
FOR MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENICES WHEN THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE IS CLOSED:
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Maryland Crisis Hotline at 1-800-422-0009. These resources are both available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Call 911 or the University of Maryland Police Department at (301) 405-3333
- Call the University of Maryland Counseling Center at (301) 314-7651
- Call the University of Maryland HELP Center at (301) 314-HELP
- Go to an area hospital.
You may also want to view the information on Suicide Prevention.
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