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Due to COVID-19, Mental Health Counseling is closed for in-person appointments, however, video teletherapy sessions and community referrals are still available to enrolled students. To learn more, watch this short video.

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Mental Health Counseling offers a wide range of services to enrolled students including:

  • Individual counseling
  • Couple counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Case management
  • Community referrals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Workshops
  • Trainings

Visits do not go on your academic record.

Due to COVID-19, Mental Health Counseling is closed for in-person appointments, however, video teletherapy sessions and community referrals are still available to enrolled students. To learn more, watch this short video!

If this is a mental health emergency, please call (888) 724-7240, or 911, or text COURAGE to 741-741

Click here to request an appointment. The more availability you provide the sooner we will get you scheduled. Please fill out the form completely and do not share any information that is considered confidential regarding your request. This is not a confidential way to communicate.

Please note counselors are not available to respond nights, weekends, or during school closures. Instead call (888) 724-7240 or text COURAGE to 741-741.

Crisis Policy

An appointment may be shortened or rescheduled in the event of a presenting crisis or emergency. We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Please contact Mental Health Counseling at least 24 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel so that we may offer that time to another student in need (619) 388-3055. Failure to attend two consecutively scheduled appointments may result in a referral to community resources. 

Mental Health Counseling is staffed by Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Clinical Social Workers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapists, Associate Professional Clinical Counselors, graduate interns from Alliant International University (AIU), California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), San Diego State University (SDSU), and University of San Diego (USD).

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Mission

The Student Health Center's departmental mission is to foster the academic and personal success of students by supporting the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the college community.

Student Program Outcomes

The Student Health Center is proud to provide quality, evidenced-based care to students. Among Mental Health Counseling's successes documented in 2017-2018:

  • Increased student access to community resources by bringing outside community partners to campus.
  • Provided campus-wide outreach education and stigma reduction efforts to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Provided orientation and follow up services to students, supporting both academic and personal success.
  • Demonstrated improvement in functioning as measured by positive changes in assessment scores.

Free and Confidential Screenings

May events

For detailed descriptions of each visit the City College Calendar of Events (or scroll down).

Active Minds Chapter

Active Minds is the nation's leading nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students. Powered by a network of over 800 campus chapters, Active Minds is creating communities of support and saving lives! We proudly advise the student-led Active Minds at San Diego City College. This chapter is a team of students who serve as advocates, stigma fighters, and educators for mental health! They hold regular weekly meetings, host campus-wide events, collaborate with on-campus departments or programs and other student-led groups, collaborate with off-campus Active Minds chapters or local agencies, and seek Active Minds mini grants or other funding and leadership opportunities. All enrolled students are welcome to join! For more information, contact: Active Minds President, Ana Isabel at ana01isabel.sch@gmail.com or Active Minds Faculty Advisor, Nadia at nsayeh@sdccd.edu.

Peer Educators

As part of our suicide prevention efforts, we recruit students as Peer Educators. Peer Educators serve as a link between the student body and Mental Health Counseling, promoting the personal and academic success of all students by supporting overall wellness. Peer Educators conduct presentations and host numerous de-stress events throughout the academic year, educating the campus community on mental health in effort to reduce stigma associated with diagnoses and increase help seeking behaviors. All enrolled students are welcome to apply! We offer course credit through Work Experience and work-study through the Veteran Affairs Office. Applications are accepted shortly before each semester. For more information, contact: Peer Educator Coordinator, Abby at aweisman@sdccd.edu.

Request a Classroom or Department Presentation

We offer a variety of presentations on available services and the warning signs of suicide as well as other mental health issues and challenges.

Kognito

Online, interactive, and research-proven training simulations designed to educate faculty/staff about best practices for working with various student populations. Flex credit is available!

Faculty/staff consultations are also available.

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SDCC & SDCCE Mental Health Partnership

In July of 2017, the California Community College Chancellor's Office awarded San Diego City College (SDCC) and San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) a mental health services grant to increase student access to mental health support. Be Well CE represents the partnership between SDCC Student Health Center and SDCCE Outreach.

Be Well CE

Key Objectives

  • Promote and provide screening services
  • Promote culturally competent referrals and response
  • Increase access and reduce racial disparities
  • Develop and implement stigma reduction programming
  • Implement education and training to faculty, staff and students
  • Develop partnerships with behavioral health clinics in the community

MindWise Screenings

MindWise Screenings are designed to provide a safe and anonymous way for individuals to check in on their mental health. MindWise validated screening tools allow students to take self-assessment questionnaires for 10 mental health conditions: depression, anxiety, substance use disorder (including opioids, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine, inhalants, and more), alcohol use disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, bipolar disorder, psychosis, gambling disorder, and adolescent depression (to be completed by parent or guardian). Results are not a medical diagnosis but a suggestion, and starting place to learn more. Students will receive resources emailed to them upon completing the assessment.

Outreach and Training

Be Well CE is committed to promoting the training of faculty/staff and students on early identification, intervention and referral services to better serve our students. Trainings provided:

  • LGBTQ Academy
  • SafeZone Training
  • QPR Suicide Prevention
  • De-escalation Training for Distressed Students
  • Trauma Informed Response to Sexual Assault Disclosures
  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Stress Reduction
  • Kognito
  • And many more!

The Board of Behavioral Sciences receives and responds to complaints regarding services provided within the scope of practice of clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional clinical counselors. You may contact the board online at www.bbs.ca.gov, or by calling (916) 574-7830.

The Mental Health Counseling of the San Diego City College receives and responds to complaints regarding the practice of psychotherapy by any unlicensed or unregistered counselor providing services at San Diego City College. To file a complaint, contact (619) 388-3055, leaston@sdccd.edu, www.sdcity.edu/mentalhealthcounseling, or Mental Health Counseling A-180, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101.

Crisis Policy

An appointment may be shortened or rescheduled in the event of a presenting crisis or emergency. We appreciate your understanding.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Please contact Mental Health Counseling at least 24 hours prior to your appointment if you need to cancel so that we may offer that time to another student in need (619) 388-3055. Failure to attend two consecutively scheduled appointments may result in a referral to community resources.