Welcome to the Mental Health Service!

There are times when students struggle and we can help if you are seeking support.

The Mental Health Service provides the following:

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.


Medication Evaluations

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 within reasonable driving distance of the University 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 stable, students will be referred out for follow-up.  Students may be referred to a psychiatrist in the community, or in some cases may be able to get prescriptions refilled in the Health Center’s primary care service.  

If you are interested in being considered for 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. Once a student is given an appointment they will be scheduled for a drug screening to occur one week before the medication appointment. There can be serious health risks from drug interactions with stimulant medications. Students may be asked to do random drug screenings to ensure their safety regarding taking stimulant medication.

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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:

You may also want to view the information on Suicide Prevention.

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Short Term Individual Therapy

Short Term Individual therapy is offered primarily as a support for students who are prescribed medication by a University Health Center psychiatrist. If you are seeking therapy only, please contact the Counseling Center, located in the Shoemaker Building, at (301) 314-7651 for an appointment.

Please note, there may be times when it is necessary to refer students to mental health providers in the community.  

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Group Therapy

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. 

Group is:

  • 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:

  • Graduate & Returning Students
  • Anxiety
  • Depression / Anxiety / Relationships
  • Women's Growth
  • AD/HD

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ADHD

The Mental Health Service at the University of Maryland Health Center provides individual and group therapy to help support students struggling with ADHD symptoms while at college. Medication management may be possible for students who are unable to continue with previous providers due to financial constraints, i.e. no insurance or exceptional financial need.

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 you are scheduled for 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. Once a student is given an appointment they will be scheduled for a drug screening to occur one week before the medication appointment.  There can be serious health risks from drug interactions with stimulant medications. Students may be asked to do random drug screenings to ensure their safety regarding taking stimulant medication.

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Eating Disorder Referral & Treatment

Treatment at the University Health Center will vary depending on the severity of the eating concern. After an initial assessment, if the treating clinician determines that the student is stable, the Mental Health Service may provide some clinical services on a limited basis. In cases where more intensive treatment is indicated, referrals for psychotherapy in the community, outpatient treatment programs, or inpatient treatment programs will be provided. If during their course of therapy a student does not respond to treatment as expected, or if they have severe medical complications, clinical staff may recommend a more intensive level of care which is beyond the scope of services available through the Mental Health Service.

To schedule an appointment, please call (301) 314-8106.


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