Resources and Related Links

Bard Counseling Services provides counseling to students primarily through 1:1 and group sessions, but also helps support the mental health and wellbeing of the Bard community at large. To that end we have compiled a list of resources that we believe may be helpful and informative. Many of the resources are online, but some are links to offices or organizations on campus that provide services or support.

If you are looking for a list of OFF-CAMPUS mental health providers, click on the links immediately below:
See the sidebar for a list of on-campus support groups for students.

Avid Cellphone Use by College Kids Tied to Anxiety, Lower Grades

<a href="http://www.everydayhealth.com/college-health/1213/avid-cellphone-use-by-college-kids-tied-to-anxiety-lower-grades-9903.aspx" target="_blank">Avid Cellphone Use by College Kids Tied to Anxiety, Lower Grades</a>

By Barbara Bronson Gray, HealthDay News

"On average, students reported spending 279 minutes -- almost five hours -- a day using their cellphones and sending 77 text messages a day."

Hours & Contact Info

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 pm

Phone: 845-758-7433
Fax: 845-758-7437
Email: counselingservice@bard.edu

Let's Talk

Sessions are in recess for the summer, and will resume for Fall 2016. Watch this space for further details.

Support Groups

Groups are in recess for the summer. Watch this space for groups starting in the Fall.

Announcements and Updates

  • LAST DAY OF Let's Talk is Thursday, May 12, 5-6 PM BEOP
  • OPEN DOOR HOURS - May 16 through May 20, 2 - 4 PM
         Students wishing to consult with a counselor may visit our offices during the above listed time without an appointment. Students will be seen in the order in which they arrive.
  • LAST WEEK - May 23 through May 27
         Students in crisis can visit our offices at any time during office hours, or call security after hours to reach our on-call counselor.
FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES (when classes are in session),  please call security at 845-758-7460 or 845-758-7777 and ask for the counselor on duty. If your situation is not an emergency but you want to talk it through with a trained peer anonymously, please call security and ask for the BRAVE Counselor.
You can also call ULIFELINE, the National Mental Health Hotline and speak with a trained local hotline counselor ANYTIME: 
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Anxiety, Depression & Stress

Anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems, too. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health. ADAA's website provides information and resources about coping with anxiety disorders.

Half of UsNo matter how you’re feeling or what situation you’re facing, there are always ways to feel better. And, if you have a friend who is struggling, there are things you can do to help. The half-of-us website has information and resources about coping with anxiety and depression


The Bard Learning Commons provides tutoring and other forms of academic support to all Bard students in all subject areas taught at the college.  


BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization whose members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. Although BRAVE staff members receive particular training in issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexuality, BRAVE counselors also receive training in eating disorders, depression and suicide, sexual orientation, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and social and academic issues.

Rebecca Stacy
Robbins, Room 194

Eating Disorders & Nutrition

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. 

Exercise & Mental Health

Mayo ClinicDepression and Exercise (Mayo Clinic) - Depression symptoms often improve with exercise. Here are some realistic tips to help you get started and stay motivated.

How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain - A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.

Substance Abuse & Addiction

Bard College eCHECKUP TO GOThe Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO will provide you with accurate and personalized feedback about: your individual drinking pattern, your risk patterns, your aspirations and goals, and helpful resources on campus and in the community.

Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multi-lingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and our membership growth was minimal during our initial twenty years as an organization.

Alcoholics AnonymousAlcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

National Council on Patient Information and EducationNCPIE works to address critical medicine safe use issues like adherence improvement, prescription drug abuse prevention, treatment and recovery, medication error reduction, quality improvements in healthcare provider – patient medicine communication and safe storage and disposal of medicines.

General Health & Wellfare

Go ask Alice!Go Ask Alice (Columbia University) - Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Our team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.

Grief & Loss

Helpguide LogoCoping with Grief and Loss (HelpGuide.org) - Grief is a natural, yet painful response to loss. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy ways to cope with the pain and express your emotions in ways that allow you to heal.

Image result for griefAlthough loss is a nearly universal experience, there is considerable variety in how people grieve. Bereavement is always a painful experience, but some people return to their normal life rapidly, experiencing uncomplicated bereavement, while others never do. To learn more click on the link below.

Help a Friend

If you concerns about a friend's mental health.

Parent Resources

Understanding and preparing for some of the unique experiences your child may have during their college years.

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol. 

Slate.com - Recent studies suggests that kids with overinvolved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college. 
 about the effects of "helicopter" parenting on college students.

Recommended Reading

Below are a few books that have been recommened to us to help parents as your student transitions from high school to college

Image result for letting go a parent's guide to understanding the college years 


Internet Addiction

reSTARTNetAddictionRecovery.com - The reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery Program is designed to help launch tech dependent youth and adults back into real life interactions. Our individually tailored program assists individuals with an Internet and/or computer based behavioral problem break the cycle of dependency. 

Sexuality & Gender

The Center. The lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community centerThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center provides a home for the birth, nurture and celebration of our organizations, institutions and culture; cares for our individuals and groups in need; educates the public and our community; and empowers our individuals and groups to achieve their fullest potential.

Image result for trevor projectTheTrevorProject.org Our trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now at 866-488-7386.

Relaxation & Meditation

Headspace​Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind. You can even fit us in your pocket with our FREE app.

Image result for itunesiTunes Insight timer - More than half a million meditators call Insight home.

Transitioning to college

Emotional Health at College, for students and parents

Recommeded Reading

A few books to help you transition to the big bad world of college!

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Sexual Assault

Title IX Resources
The Office of Gender Equity offers support, community resources, reporting options, and information about legal rights to individuals who have been impacted by gender-based misconduct (non-consensual sexual contact, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment) either directly or indirectly as a third party with concerns. 
 The Office of Gender Equity is located in Gahagen House. Visit the Title IX website for more information.