Mental Health Counseling
The Wellness Center offers students mental health support and referral services to assist them in meeting their educational goals. Currently, due to COVID-19, all mental health services are occurring remotely via secure, private online sessions or by phone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30.
- Our personal counselors are available to provide crisis intervention, assessment, support and referrals to students needing assistance adjusting to college life or experiencing mental health difficulties. This includes helping students to assess, identify and manage personal and mental health difficulties within the context of their academic experience, and connecting students to appropriate resources.
- Information shared with a personal counselor is confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. When disclosure is required, only information that is essential will be revealed and the student will be informed to the best extent possible.
- Anyone referred to our center for mental health counseling by a third party (i.e. faculty, administrator, etc.) is protected by confidentiality laws, which prohibit our disclosing to the referring individual whether or not that person did follow through and contacted our center for a mental health counseling appointment.
- Within the guidelines of confidentiality, the personal counselor may seek in-house professional consultation when it is deemed necessary and/or may request written permission to speak with other relevant parties.
- Referrals to community resources are available and will be made when requested or deemed necessary, however follow-through is at the discretion of the student.
Students who are in crisis and need immediate assistance outside of our hours of operation should contact the following resources:
- Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care (Access Supports for Living) Currently offering Virtual Mental Health Services 24/7 to adults and children regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Please call (888) 750-2266, option 2.
- Orange County Crisis Call Center Trained counselors are available to offer support 24/7. Please call 311.
- Fearless! Hudson Valley, Inc. (formerly known as Safe Homes of Orange County) Offering confidential 24/7 hotline and emergency shelter for domestic violence. Please call (845) 562-5340.
Free, anonymous, confidential online mental health screenings are available here.
Struggling with COVID-related issues? Here's help!
We know that college students are experiencing a lot of stress influenced by the pandemic. The following local crisis counseling services can help.
Access Supports for Living, Independent Living, Inc., and Mental Health Association,NY Project Hope can assist Orange County residents who may be feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, or anxious due to COVID-19. They offer a number of free, anonymous, and confidential resources to help you understand your reactions and emotions, and their counselors can help you manage the changes and challenges brought on by the pandemic. Services provided:
- Emotional support
- Links to resources
And they offer virtual presentations on:
- Recognizing common reactions to COVID
- Building coping skills for the recovery process
- Managing disaster-related stress
- Identifying and meeting children’s needs
Visit their website at nyprojecthope.org or call 845-762-2275 to speak with one of their experienced counselors.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential professional help for employees having personal problems. The EAP can help with personal problems such as interpersonal conflict, alcohol and drug abuse/dependency, marital conflict, family and parenting concerns, financial hardship, physical illness, legal difficulties, gambling, mental and emotional distress, eating disorders, and other life stressors.
EAP services are available off campus to all eligible employees and their dependent family members. An employee and/or dependent visiting the EAP will have an opportunity to talk with a professional about concerns and receive counseling and referral services to help resolve the problem. Direct services of the program are provided at no cost to an employee or dependent family member. Activities and records of the EAP are kept strictly confidential by the program provider.
An employee or dependent family member may access the EAP directly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1-800-962-7487 for an appointment. Additional information about EAP is available from the Human Resources Office (Orange Hall), ext. 4660.
QPR - Question Persuade Refer
Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught Gatekeeper training in the world. Free training is available through the Wellness Center for interested students, faculty, and employees. To schedule a session please call us at (845) 341-4870.
Orange County Mental Health Clinics
Child and Family Clinic
Orange County Dept. of Mental Health
Newburgh, NY 12550
Port Jervis Out Patient Clinic
Orange County Dept. of Mental Health
146 Pike Street
Port Jervis, NY 12771
Garnet Health Medical Center
Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic
420 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
888 750 - 2266
Union Street Professional Building
16-24 Union Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Phone: (845) 343-5556
Fax: (845) 343-1836
Community Counseling at Goshen
2001 State Route 17M
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: (845) 294-6185
Fax: (845) 294-6019
The Kaplan Family Center
Family Counseling of Occupations, Inc. at Newburgh
21 Grand Street
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: (845) 562-7244
Fax: (845) 562-7635
Crisis Intervention, Community Resources, and Mental Health Information
Clicking on the links below will take you out of the SUNY Orange Web site. The college cannot be responsible for the content on these pages, although the links on this page have been reviewed and are recommended by the Wellness Center.
24-hour emergency services
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Orange County Crisis Call Center Call 311
24-hour crisis intervention and assistance. Provides help to individuals and families experiencing a mental or emotional crisis when other services may be unavailable. Mental Health Staff respond to people at home within Orange County, providing assessment, support, and intervention.
Thriving Campus Connect with off-campus mental health referrals near campus or across state lines.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
24-hour anonymous and confidential resource assistance.
Safe Homes of Orange County 1-888-503-4673
24-hour confidential hotline providing emergency, non-emergency and wrap-around services for individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Services include providing shelter, advocacy, support groups, individual support, accompaniment, and information/referral to residential and non-residential clients.
Hudson Valley Region 211 2-1-1 or 1-800-899-1479
24-hour information and resource referral for community and government-based health and human service programs. Online directory of community-based services (food, clothing, shelter, physical and mental health resources, etc.) searchable by zip code and need.
Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. 1-800-832-1200
24-hour Helpline/Rapeline crisis intervention and referrals. Promotes the positive mental health and emotional well-being of Orange County residents. Works toward reducing the stigma of mental illness and developmental disabilities. Provides support to victims of sexual assault and other crimes.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-800-962-7487
24-hour confidential professional help provided free for eligible SUNY Orange employees and their dependent family members having personal problems (interpersonal conflict, alcohol and drug abuse/dependency, financial hardship, physical illness, legal difficulties, gambling, mental and emotional distress, eating disorders, etc.) Additional information about EAP is available from the Human Resources Office at 341-4660.
National Alliance on Mental Illness 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Provides support, education, referrals, and advocacy to people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 1-800-662-4357
Information and resource referral service. Substance abuse and mental health treatment locator searchable online by zip code.
Information and resources for protecting your emotional health and what to do if you or a friend are struggling with mental health issues. Offers a Self Evaluator: a 5 to 10 minute self-assessment to learn if a treatable mental health problem could be affecting you or a friend.
The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
24-hour confidential crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley 1-877-574-8529
Provides legal services for families and individuals threatened with eviction, for public benefits (federal and state), for families and individuals with disabilities and HIV, families with developmentally delayed children, and protection from domestic violence.
Orange County Bar Association Legal Aid Society (845) 291-2454
Provides legal services for those charged with criminal offenses and for financially eligible adults in family court matters.
Spanish language resources are available.
The local helpline available to Orange County residents is sponsored by Independent Living, Inc. A program of the New York State Office of Mental Health. Funded by FEMA.