Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counseling (also called Personal Counseling) in a community college setting places emphasis on psycho-educational and developmental issues. Typically, the focus is on managing temporary problems of daily living, rather than treating psychological disorders. A counselor can help students think about events in a more rational way, so that they can gain perspective, make good choices, and experience less stress. And, of course, a counselor can help students with academic issues, such as test anxiety. A community college counselor can also screen students for depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders and, if necessary, refer them to community resources that provide therapy.
Counseling Services offers a friendly, supportive environment where free, confidential services are provided for students. The following Mental Health services are provided by Counseling Services:
- Short-term Therapy
- Substance Use (Alcohol and other drug) Screening
- Crisis Intervention
- Appropriate Referrals for Treatment
- Free, Anonymous, and Confidential Online Assessments: mentalhealthscreening.org/BristolCC.
To make an appointment in Fall River or New Bedford, or to speak with someone to learn more about Counseling, please call 508.678.2811, ext. 2234/2227 or stop by G211 on the Fall River campus. For appointments at the Attleboro Campus, please contact the Enrollment Center at 508.678.2811, ext. 3527.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Counseling and Health Services offers free and confidential support and education to BCC students. We aim to aid students in understanding and addressing the harmful effects of excessive alcohol and other substance use. Below, you will find a summary of our services. For more information, please call us at 508.678.2811, ext. 2234.
Your academic success is important to us, and we look forward to providing the support and guidance you need to succeed!
We offer the following services:
- Screening and brief interventions - After filling out a short survey -- in person or online -- relating to your alcohol and/or drug use, we can offer immediate feedback on how you can potentially avoid future alcohol- and drug-related problems. All information is kept strictly confidential.
- Substance abuse counseling - For students who wish to address alcohol and/or other substance use concerns, we offer a five-session series where you can meet individually with a clinician to talk about your personal goals and develop a plan to address them. As with all of our services, these sessions are free and completely confidential.
- Professional Referrals - Through Project ASSIST, we collaborate closely with Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), a large, non-profit multi-service agency that offers mental health and substance abuse treatment services and other local agencies. As such, we have the capacity to locate the services you need.
How do I know if I, my friends or other students have a problem?
Ask yourself some questions: How do I know if I may have a problem?
How can I refer someone?
If you think that you, or someone you know, need help, please contact the Counseling Center or Health Services at ext. 2234.
Resources and Links
Phone Extensions for Campus Resources
|Counseling Center||ext. 2234|
|Health Services||ext. 2232|
|Campus Police (emergencies)||ext. 3911|
|Campus Police (office)||ext. 2218|
Phone Number of Community Resources
|Corrigan Mental Health Center||508.235.7200|
|Alcohol Hotline||800.ALCOHOL (252.6465)|
Tools and Screenings
- Alcohol Screening
- Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand
- Body Effects of Alcohol Interactive Game
- Blood Alcohol Content Calculator
- Ulifeline Self-Screening