Announcements and Updates
Welcome to Bard College Counseling Services.
Counseling Service has a number of mental health programs and groups scheduled for Spring 2017; see the sidebar for details. Please check our website as we update frequently.
FOR AFTER HOURS OR WEEKEND EMERGENCIES: 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.
No 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 VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.
iTunes: Click Here
Android: Click Here
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.Contact:
Rebecca Nidorf, LCSW-R
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
Depression 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
The 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 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.
NCPIE 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 (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
Coping 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.
Although 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.
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.
Below are a few books that have been recommened to us to help parents as your student transitions from high school to college
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- 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 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.TheTrevorProject.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 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
iTunes Insight timer - More than half a million meditators call Insight home.
Breath 2 Relax App: Manage your stress with diphramatic breathing.
iTunes: Click Here
Android: Click Here
On Campus 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.
The NSVRC's Mission is to provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violdence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
For men whose lived have been disrupted by unwanted or abusive sexual experiences. We offer outreach, education and services, in person and over the web, to men with histories of unwanted or abusive childhood sexual experiences and anyone who cares about them.
Speak with a trained counselor now
Dutchess County Helpline - App for Android
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255.
Available 24 hours a day
Transitioning to college
Emotional Health at College, for students and parents
A few books to help you transition to the big bad world of college!