Mental Health Services for Incoming Students


The Counseling Center (CC) has developed a process for connecting incoming first year and transfer students who have mental health concerns, with the appropriate services, before they arrive on campus. Counseling Connections is a 30 minute phone consultation with a CC clinician. During that conversation, the clinician will ask some questions about your mental health concerns, answer any questions that you have, and make treatment recommendations. There are a variety of services at the CC, on campus, and in the community that could meet your needs. We want to get you connected with the best service from the beginning. 

The Counseling Connection appointment does not establish you as a client of the Counseling Center. 

If you are only interested in referral information to a local clinician, you do not need to schedule a Counseling Connections appointment. You can search our online provider database for local providers and their contact information: 

Frequent Treatment Recommendations

  • Walk-in for an initial assessment visit at the Counseling Center when you arrive on campus
  • Connect with a clinician in the community. Specific referrals will be provided
  • Continue receiving services from your current treatment provider(s) 
  • Access services through another JMU office

Important Suggestions

In order to ensure your wellbeing, it is recommended that you continue with the current type of treatment that you engaged in before coming to college. If you needed weekly longer-term counseling in high school or are taking a prescription medication, continue with those treatments until you have an opportunity to be reassesed. If you are taking medication, make the necessary arrangements so that you have an adequate supply of medication while you are at JMU. Do not discontinue your relationship with your current medication provider until you have become an established patient in the Harrisonburg community. 

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Last Updated: Friday, August 17, 2018

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