Mental Health Information for Transfer & International Students

Are you new to University of Maryland?

Are you beginning college or are you transferring?

Do you have a history of mental health treatment or concerns?

 The Mental Health Service knows that starting at the University of Maryland can be a stressful transition for many students, whether you are a freshman, transfer student, international student, or graduate student. Transition times are often stressful, requiring new coping skills. They often lead to new emotional or psychological issues, or lead to a relapse of previously exisitng mental health conditions. Whatever the case, there is help at the University of Maryland.

 The Mental Health Service provides the following services to students on campus:

                 >Psychiatric evaluation and medication management when indicated

                >Crisis intervention

>Evaluation and short-term individual psychotherapy

                >Group therapy

 

 Recommendations

Whether you have had past mental health concerns or you are currently dealing with mental health challenges while preparing for a transition, there are things you can do to help this transition be as smooth as possible. Here are some suggestions:

  • Start planning now for the transition before arriving to campus. Discuss strategies with family members and friends or your current mental health provider for what you will do if symptoms of pre-existing conditions begin to recur or intensify.
  •  If appropriate, meet with your psychiatrist or family doctor to review medications you are currently taking. Make sure you have enough medication refills to tie you over during the transition.
  • Consider continuing to meet periodically with your current mental health professional during your first semester on campus rather than starting with someone new at the Mental Health Service, if possible. Continuity can be very helpful during this transition. Of course, if you are from out of town, the Mental Health Service will be happy to evaluate you to see if we can provide treatment for you here.
  • Prescriptions can be transferred from your home pharmacy to the Pharmacy in the University Health Center. It is located on the first floor of the Health Center.
  • It is always important to take medication as prescribed. It is also always important to avoid using alcohol or other drugs.
  • If you are thinking of transferring your care to the Mental Health Service, please bring with you a summary of your treatment by your home care-provider. Also, it is helpful to have enough medication available until you can be seen at the Mental Health Service. Depending on the time of the semester, waiting time for initial intake appointments can vary from one to three weeks.
  • Maintain or develop a strong support system of family, friends, and others. Be involved in daily activities you enjoy.
  • Develop a stress management plan and get adequate sleep. Increased stress and lack of sleep often can contribute to recurrence or flare up of mental health concerns. Check out the Health Center's Wellness Program for tips on stress management and taking care of yourself.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing an emergency, please contact us as soon as possible. Our number is (301) 314-8106; we are on the second floor of the University Health Center. Tell the person answering the phone that you are in crisis or in an emergency situation and need to be seen urgently.

 

We hope that this information is helpful to you as you settle in to campus. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Mental Health Service if you have questions or to explore recommendations tailored to your particular mental health needs. Call (301) 314-8106 to ask about our services or to make an appointment.

 

Helpful phone numbers, websites, and links to other services available on campus: