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BIPOC Students

We value the challenges and experiences of our BIPOC students and intentionally work to continue to center the care and support that is needed. Historically, there have been very harmful occurrences by the health care system that have led to warranted distrust and skepticism for BIPOC communities. Tufts CMHS practices cultural humility and is committed to creating inclusive, liberated space to affirm and support our BIPOC students. Attending a PWI is an experience that, among other things, can be stressful and invalidating. Oftentimes BIPOC students must navigate complex dynamics at school, within their families, in their personal lives and in the world; all while trying to excel academically. We here at Tufts CMHS hope to provide support, understanding, compassion and more to help BIPOC students navigate the ever increasing challenges of receiving an education during these times. Our BIPOC students are intelligent and gifted and we want them to maximize their potential. We are fully aware that this will take a concerted effort and commitment from CMHS as well as others of the Tufts community.

Black Thriving and Wellness Resources

We have compiled a resource to include information on emotional and mental health information and support, physical health, spiritual care, culturally competent provider directories, social media pages and podcasts, events and panels pertaining to BIPOC mental wellness…and more.:

OASIS: Holding Space

OASIS: Holding Space is a group offered by CMHS for Black identified students, this virtual space is intended to promote positive mental health and coping. Participants will be able to share and learn in a liberated space about the impact of power and privilege, experiences of marginalization, racial/acculturative stress, intersectionality and identity development. Join with others to give voice to your thoughts and feelings and proactively engage in the radical act of self-care & community care. RSVP or inquiries:

Substance Use Resources for the BIPOC Community

Detox Local - An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for the AAPI (American Asian and Pacific Islander) community.

Live Another Day - Extensive information on mental health and substance use resources for people of color. Their mission is equal access to life-saving resources.

Make sure to check out The SCOOP, a weekly update from the Africana Center on the programs/events of the Africana Community at Tufts!

In partnership with Health Service, CMHS offers important information as well as a presentation on how to protest safely during a pandemic.

International Students

While counseling is a familiar and often utilized resource in the United States, it is not necessarily so in all countries and cultures. Here is some information that may be helpful if you are new to the idea of counseling, and that may help you decide if it could be right for you.

What is Counseling?
  • Counseling is private and confidential.
  • It’s free of charge to undergraduate students and to graduate students who have paid the Health and Wellness Fee.

In many countries and cultures, counseling can occur in any relationship where two or more people work together towards understanding and resolving a problem or difficulty. For example, you may have called up your close friends to vent your upsetting feelings or stressful events you experienced. Or you might have turned to your parents or siblings for advice or support.

In the United States, international students often have lost immediate access to their primary support system, as they physically moved away from their primary supports. In addition, international students may experience increasing stress due to homesickness or to adjusting to the college environment, language and cultural difference in the U.S. These factors make international students more susceptible to academic, health, emotional, or psychological problems, or these factors may make a preexisting condition worse.

In counseling, a professional can function as your support in a way that is different from your family and friends. A counselor helps students to discuss their concerns in a safe and friendly environment. A counselor works with students to find the best way to help.

Is my problem appropriate for Counseling?

There is no such thing as right/appropriate or wrong/inappropriate issues that can be presented in counseling. The most common examples of what Tufts students address in counseling:

  • Stress management (e.g., "I feel stressed out" or "I feel my muscles are tensed")
  • Relationship concerns (e.g., "I just broke up with my boyfriend/girlfriend/or partner, and I feel sad, upset, and lonely")
  • Homesickness and loneliness (e.g., "I miss my family and I feel lonely and isolated")
  • Academic pressures (e.g., "I have difficulty concentrating on my studies" or "I am extremely worried that I will disappoint my parents")
  • Career (e.g., "I am not sure what I want to major in" or "I am concerned about getting a job after graduation")
  • Language and cultural differences (e.g., "I am concerned about speaking in a class" or "I feel like people are misunderstanding me (because of my difference)")
  • Anxious feelings (e.g., I feel anxious about taking a test" or "I feel anxious about speaking to others")
  • Depressed mood (e.g., "I have lost motivation, interest, or pleasure in activities," or "I sleep a lot and I don't want to hang out with friends")
  • Physical illness (e.g., "I experience headache/stomachache/fatigue/chest pain/dizziness, but the doctor said that there is nothing wrong with me")
  • Sleeping difficulty (e.g., "I sleep a lot," "I have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep," or "I don't feel rested after sleeping").
  • Eating concerns (e.g., "I eat a lot when I feel stressed out" or "I am very concerned about my weight")
  • And a lot more . . .
Can I receive Counseling in my native language?

We provide therapy in the following languages:

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

We also make referrals off campus, where more foreign languages are spoken.

Groups and Workshops

Connections: International Student Discussion Group
Drop in groups for all international students regardless of the length of stay in the U.S., native language, or country of origin. Share experiences and resources, get support, and build a network. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to, adjustment, culture shock, homesickness, academic concerns, making American friends, acculturation issues and gender issues. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lost in Translation: Effective Communication Workshop for International Students
This workshop provides a safe space for international students to meet each other, learn cultural differences in communicating, discuss helpful coping strategies, and practice skills to effectively communicate in the current academic, social, and cultural environment.

For more information check out our Groups and Workshops Page.

Graduate Students

Being a graduate student presents a unique set of challenges. In addition to managing a rigorous course of study and the potential isolation and stress of research, graduate students frequently negotiate professional and personal obligations outside of the classroom.

At CMHS, we offer free, confidential services to all graduate students who have paid the Tufts University Health and Wellness Fee. This means eligible graduate students are able to have an initial consultation with one of our counselors, who will meet with you to discuss your concerns and needs, and to make recommendations about your options for follow-up. These may include short-term individual counseling services at CMHS, group meetings, and/or referral to providers in the nearby community. We're here to help, and offer a variety of services, including a Graduate Student Support Group. Whether you are concerned about your work/life balance, managing stress in personal relationships, feeling lonely or depressed, or need to talk with someone about other personal concerns, we encourage you to make an appointment with us. 

Parents and Families

Entering college is a significant milestone for students, one that reverberates throughout the family. Although each student, and each family, is unique, some issues commonly crop up for parents and families. We are here as a resource for Tufts students and caregivers and families who want to be sure their student has the best possible experience.

If you are concerned about your student’s emotional well being, encourage them to come in to see one of our counselors. We do ask that students call to make their own appointments, however, rather than having you make one for them.

Available Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Counseling for students: We provide confidential, brief counseling and referral, including individual appointments, walk-in consultations, emergency psychological services, psychiatric consultation, and psycho-educational programming.
  • Consultations to parents: If you would like to speak to a counselor about concerns you are having about your child, including how to be helpful to them at a difficult time, you can call the CMHS and ask to speak with one of our staff.

Confidentiality is critical to the success of the counseling endeavor, and we adhere to all legal and professional guidelines pertaining to the confidentiality of student counseling information.

We cannot share whether we have, or have not, seen or heard from your student, even if they have told you themselves that they are coming to see a counselor.

We do want to hear from you if you have serious concerns about your child, and are worried about their safety. Please remember that the counselor who speaks with you will not be able to tell you whether or not they know your child. We may want to discuss any information you share with us with your student.

Understanding Developmental Issues and the Transition to College Life

It can take time and work to get accustomed to your student's growing independence, both for you and for your student. It may be helpful for you to reflect on some of the many changes taking place for your student during this time of life.

  • Greater independence. Students must learn to take care of themselves in important new ways, and they must be increasingly self-reliant while still depending on parents in many ways.
  • Developing intimacy. Typically, students develop strong ties with peers, important intimate relationships with both friends and romantic partners, and greater self awareness within relationships.
  • Changing role in the family. Within the family, students need to re-negotiate important aspects of their relationships, including roles and boundaries.
  • Intellectual growth. College is a time when students experience rapid intellectual growth and explore different ideas, opinions, and ways of thinking.
  • Identity development. Students at this age are exploring different facets of identity and may experiment with different styles and behaviors.

Transition to College:

Set to Go: Transition from High School and College and Adulthood- A new program that guides students, families and high school educators through the social, emotional and mental health challenges related to the transition out of high school to college and adulthood.

Visit Set to Go

Tips for Parenting Through the College Years

Every family is unique, as is each individual within it. It follows that everyone is likely to have their own experience of this life passage, with their own particular challenges, joys, expectations, and concerns.

The following ideas may help nurture a growth-promoting and satisfying relationship with your college student.

  • Set reasonable expectations about academics. Your student may have been a super-academic achiever in high school, but may not get straight-A's in college. Help them to accept that doing the best they can is terrific, even if they do not make the Dean's List. If they truly do need academic assistance, encourage them to seek it out.
  • Be a good listener. Support them in exploring options and finding their own solutions, without taking it upon yourself to solve problems for them. Remind them about the resources available to them at school and encourage them to seek those out for further assistance.
  • Be emotionally supportive. Be positive and encouraging, but don't push your student to follow a particular course of action, or pressure them about majors or grades. You can be clear in your own opinions, but trying to impose them on your student is likely to create unproductive conflict.
  • Stay in touch. It can be tricky to walk the line between maintaining connection with your child and giving them the space they need at this age. Email, letters, care packages, and phone calls from home can help fight homesickness. Express interest in your child's experiences at school, and ask about their classes, activities, and friends.
  • Ask them what they need from you. When you are not sure what to do, it's okay to ask your child what they feel they need from you at that moment. They may want you to just listen, for example, while they "vent" about something, without having you respond or be helpful. Perhaps they need sympathy, a hug, a visit, a phone call, or some distance.
  • Get the support you need. This can be a confusing time, and may even sometimes feel like a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. One day your child may reach out for your support, the next day reject any offer of help. Stay in touch with your own supportive friends and relatives and talk with other parents who have been, or who are now going through, the same thing.
Popular Books for Parents
  • The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, Harlan Cohen (2011)
  • College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It, Richard D. Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (2004)
  • Don't Tell Me What To Do: Just Send Money, by Helen Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller, (2000).
  • When Your Kid Goes to College: A Parent's Survival Guide, Carol Barkin (1999).
  • Letting Go: A Parents' Guide to Understanding the College Years, Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger (2003).

Note: Adapted from the Counseling Center at the George Washington University.

More Health and Wellness Resources for Parents and Families

SMFA Students

Counseling Services at SMFA offers free, on-site, confidential mental health care to SMFA students. Services include evaluations, referrals to outpatient providers, short-term counseling, and wellness programming for undergraduate and graduate students.

You can also meet Olive, the therapy dog during our weekly walk in hours. For more information please check out our Animal Assisted Therapy page.

Trans Students

Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS) affirms and supports students of all gender identities and gender expressions. Our staff is trained in providing informed mental health care to Tufts students, regardless of gender identity or expression. You can Make an Appointment with us by calling 617-627-3360 or by stopping by 120 Curtis Street any time between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Our forms offer you the opportunity to self-identify gender, and our electronic medical record gives the option to share your pronouns and name in use. We also provide support for individuals seeking letters for gender affirming medical procedures. Like our partners in health service, we strive to provide a safe, intentional space where trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming students can have all of their health and wellness needs met.

Undocumented Students

This is a particularly stressful time for students impacted by immigration status.  CMHS offers free and confidential support, both in individual and group settings.

  • Counseling is private and confidential
  • It’s free of charge to undergraduate students and to graduate students who have paid the Health and Wellness Fee.

Group for Students Impacted by Undocumented Status
A safe, private, and supportive space to openly explore the complexity andimpact of an undocumented status in the U.S. and at Tufts. This group is forstudents who identify as undocumented, DACA-mented, and/or come frommixed status households. Lunch will be provided: to nurture your mind and body. For more information check out our Groups and Workshops Page.

Tufts Student Life Resources

Faculty, Staff, and TAs

Faculty and Staff have access to a free, confidential counseling for themselves, their dependents, and household members through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can reach the EAP 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-451-1834.

Learn More About the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Are you concerned about a student? Visit our Concerned About a Student? webpage for information about signs of distress, how to approach someone, and to learn about campus resources and options for intervention.

Concerned About a Student?


Kognito is an online educational program designed to teach faculty, staff, and student leaders about mental health. The platform has been used by over 100 colleges and universities, training almost 60,000 faculty and staff and 2 million students. It is available to all members of the Tufts community.