Behavioral Health Services

Attending college can be a stressful time for many students.  

Although most students cope successfully with the academic demands, for some the pressures can become overwhelming and unmanageable.  You may experience stress as you attempt to balance academic, social, work, and family obligations. How you respond to these challenges and how these challenges impact your academic functioning will vary greatly based on your coping abilities and personal situations.   

Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of the need for help: 

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your family or getting to work or school

Knowing that the need for mental health support is increasing for our students, we are making wellness resources readily available.   

Student Assistance Program

Harford's Student Assistance Program offers convenient, caring and personal support to help students navigate the everyday challenges that can interfere with the ability to learn, thrive within the college setting, and prepare for life after college. The Program is free for students and provides in-the-moment support.    

Program Features 

  • Nationwide, Toll-Free Hotline
    800-327-2251 (TTY/130 languages accommodated) 
  • Care Coordination and In-The-Moment Support
    Care Coordinators are master's-level clinicians who confidentially assess your problem, assist with any emergencies and connect you to resources. They then become your personal point of contact and will keep in touch to help you navigate all aspects of your life. 
  • Assessment and Referral to Appropriate Resources
    If appropriate, the Student Assistance Program can provide telephonic, video, and face-to-face sessions with a counselor. 
  • Access to an Online Resource Library
    The resource library provides information about preparing for college, student success, student health and safety, life after college, relationships, financial literacy, personal growth, and emotional well-being, as well as access to health videos and webinars.
     

On-Site/Remote Counseling

On-site/Remote Counseling offers free, confidential appointment based short-term support.  Counseling sessions will allow you to explore thoughts, feelings and worries without judgement; develop coping strategies for different situations; practice self-reflection and awareness; work on habits you’d like to change; and improve, understand, and communicate about relationships. 

  • Counselor:  Jody Grodnitzky, LCPC, Associated Mental Health Specialist
  • Sessions are by appointment only. Call 410-583-2222 to schedule an appointment and let them know you are a Harford Community College student.
  • Positive emotional health and wellness will allow you to realize your full potential, cope with the stresses of life, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to our community.

You do not have to suffer in silence, our clinicians are ready and waiting for you to contact them. Help is just a phone call away.

Contact nhokewilson@harford.edu or adaviscrowder@harford.edu for more information.