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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 maureenflaherty@sunyorange.edu 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:

Free, anonymous, confidential online mental health screenings are available here.

Struggling with COVID-related issues? NY Project Hope can help!

We know college students are experiencing a lot of stress influenced by the pandemic. 

NY Project Hope assists 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 helpline,
  • educational materials,
  • trusted referrals,
  • local provider agencies

Plus they offer offer two online support groups for students:

  • Campus Life During COVID - 19 is offered every Monday evening virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. The group is facilitated by a Project Hope staff member. To register for the group please email: jgogunade@mhaorangeny. com.
  • Bereavement Support Group is offered on Monday evenings virtually, from 7 to 8 p.m. To register for the group please email: jgogunade@mhaorangeny. com.

All groups are Free, Anonymous, and Confidential.

Visit their website at nyprojecthope.org or call 845-762-2275 to speak with one of their experienced counselors.

NY Project Hope is a program of the NYS Office of Mental Health
Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Wellness Center COVID Support Group for Students

The Wellness Center offers a COVID-19 Support Group for students on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon. The group is facilitated by Mental Health Counselor, Maureen Flaherty, LMHC. To register please email: maureenflaherty@sunyora nge.edu.

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.

Community-based resources

Orange County Mental Health Clinics

Child and Family Clinic

Orange County Dept. of Mental Health

141 Broadway

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



Access: Supports for Living

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

2nd Floor

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.

Orange County Department of Mental Health Suicide Prevention App

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.