Mental Health and Wellness Resources for You
Specific Concerns and Referral Options
- Sexual Assault
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation for ADHD
- Community Referrals for Mental Health Treatment
- Telemental Health
Tufts University does not endorse, recommend, or certify the credentials or quality of any outside service provider. Tufts is not responsible for the professional services rendered by those healthcare or counseling professionals.
We value the challenges and experiences of our BIPOC students and intentionally work to provide the care and support that is needed. Historically, the health care system has harmed BIPOC individuals and communities, leading to warranted distrust and skepticism. Tufts CMHS practices cultural humility and is committed to creating inclusive, liberated spaces to affirm and support our BIPOC students. Attending a PWI is an experience that, among other things, can be stressful and invalidating. BIPOC students frequently must navigate complex dynamics at school, within their families, in their personal lives, and in the world, all while trying to excel academically. Tufts CMHS staff hope to provide support, understanding, and compassion to help BIPOC students navigate the ever increasing challenges of academic and university life. We are fully aware that for our BIPOC students to maximize their significant strengths, intelligence, talents, and potential, it will take a concerted effort and commitment from CMHS as well as from others in the Tufts community.
CMHS offers a presentation on how to protest safely as well as a toolkit handout that you can take with you.
Black and African American Communities
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Mental Health Resources for the Black Community
- Mental Health America: Black and African American Communities and Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Black/African American Mental Health
- OASIS: Holding Space is a support group offered by CMHS for Black identified students and is designed to promote positive mental health and effective coping. Participants share and learn in a liberated space about the impact of power and privilege, experiences of marginalization, racial/acculturative stress, intersectionality, and identity development as well as proactively engage in the radical act of self care and community care. Please check our Counseling Groups and Workshops webpage for dates and times or email email@example.com with questions. ·
- Black Thriving and Wellness Guide provides information on emotional and mental health, physical health, spiritual care, culturally competent provider directories, social media pages and podcasts, and events and panels.
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Mental Health Resources for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
- Mental Health America: Asian American/Pacific Islander Communities and Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Asian American/Pacific Islander Mental Health
Latinx and Hispanic Communities
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Mental Health Resources for Latinx and Hispanic Communities
- Mental Health America: Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Latinx/Hispanic Mental Health
Native and Indigenous Communities
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Mental Health Resources for Native and Indigenous Communities
- Mental Health America: Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: Indigenous Mental Health
- Mental Health America: Racial Trauma
- Taking Care of Yourself and Others during Racial Trauma
Substance Abuse Resources for the BIPOC Community
- Detox Local - An extensive list of mental health and substance use resources specifically for AAPI communities.
- Live Another Day - Extensive information on mental health and substance use for people of color. The organization’s mission is equal access to life-saving resources.
Counseling is a familiar and often utilized resource in the United States, but it is not necessarily well-known or well-utilized in all countries and cultures. The following information may be helpful if you are new to the idea of counseling or if you are wondering if it could be helpful for you.
What Is Counseling?
- Counseling is private and confidential.
- Counseling at CMHS is 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 whereby two or more people work together towards understanding and resolving a problem or difficulty. For example, you may have called your close friends when something upset you or you wanted to tell them about stressful experiences. Another example is that you may have turned to your parents or siblings for advice or support.
In the United States, international students often do not have immediate access to their primary support system. In addition, international students may experience increasing stress due to homesickness or to adjusting to the college environment, language, and culture in the U.S. These factors make international students more susceptible to academic, health, emotional, or psychological difficulties, 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 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. Tufts students address many things in counseling. Some common examples are:
- Stress management ("I feel stressed out" or "I feel my muscles are tensed")
- Relationship concerns ("I just broke up with my boyfriend/girlfriend/partner and I feel sad and lonely")
- Homesickness and loneliness ("I miss my family and I feel lonely and isolated")
- Academic pressures ("I have difficulty concentrating on my studies" or "I am extremely worried that I will disappoint my parents")
- Career ("I am not sure what I want to major in" or "I am concerned about getting a job after graduation")
- Language and cultural differences ("I am concerned about speaking in a class" or "I feel like people are misunderstanding me because of cultural differences")
- Anxious feelings (“I feel anxious about taking a test" or "I feel anxious about speaking to others")
- Depressed mood (“I have lost motivation and interest in activities" or "I sleep a lot and don't want to hang out with friends")
- Physical illness ("I experience headache/stomachache/fatigue/chest pain/dizziness, but the doctor said that there is nothing wrong with me")
- Sleeping difficulty (“I sleep a lot" or "I can’t fall asleep" or "I don't feel rested after sleeping")
- Eating concerns ("I eat a lot when I feel stressed out" or "I am very concerned about my weight")
Can I receive Counseling in my native language?
At CMHS, we provide therapy in the following languages:
When possible, we also make referrals off campus, where additional languages are spoken.
Groups and Workshops
We offer groups and workshops specifically for international students. For more information, check out our Counseling Groups and Workshops page.
This is a particularly stressful time for students impacted by immigration status. CMHS offers confidential support that is free of charge to full-time undergraduate and graduate students as well as to part-time students who have paid the Health & Wellness fee.
For academic, community, and legal resources, visit the FIRST Center’s webpage for undocumented students.
Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Service 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.
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 at Health Services, we strive to provide a safe, intentional space where trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students can have all of their physical and mental health and wellness needs met.
CMHS offers a presentation on how to protest safely as well as a toolkit handout that you can take with you.
Resources at Tufts
- Trans Health Care at Tufts
- Information about Student Health Insurance Coverage
- Update your Preferred/Common Name at Tufts
- Legal Name Change
- Tufts LGBT Center
Local Community Resources
- Fenway Community Health Center
- Sidney Borum Jr Health Center
- Mass Trans Political Coalition
- GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- GLAAD Transgender Media Program
- Trans Lifeline
- Sylvia Rivera Law Project
- Transgender Law Center
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 emerge for parents and families. We are here as a resource for Tufts students and also for 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 see one of our counselors. We do ask that students call to make their own appointments, rather than having you make an appointment for them.
Available Counseling and Mental Health Services
- Counseling for students: We provide confidential, brief counseling and referral, including individual appointments, group therapy, problem-solving consultations, emergency psychological services, psychiatric consultation, and psychoeducational programming.
- Consultations to parents: Call CMHS and ask to speak with one of our counselors if you would like to discuss your concerns about your child, including how to be helpful to them at a difficult time.
Confidentiality is critical to the success of counseling, and we adhere to legal, ethical, and professional guidelines regarding 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 working with 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. Please understand that to best help your child, it may be important for us to discuss information you share with us with your child.
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 child. 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. College students learn to take care of themselves in important new ways, and they become increasingly self-reliant while still depending on parents in other ways.
- Developing intimacy. Typically, students develop strong ties with peers—including intimate partners—and develop greater self awareness within relationships.
- Changing role in the family. Students need to re-negotiate important aspects of their family relationships, including their roles and boundaries within the family.
- Intellectual growth. College is a time when students experience rapid intellectual growth and explore new and different ideas, opinions, and ways of thinking.
- Identity development. Students at this age are exploring different facets of their identity and may experiment with different styles and behaviors.
For more information, visit Set to Go, a program that guides students and families through the social, emotional, and mental health challenges related to transitioning out of high school and into college and adulthood.
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 Tufts, 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 express your own opinions; imposing your opinions on your student , however, will likely 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 or texts from home can help fight homesickness. Express interest in your child's experiences at school by asking them about their classes, activities, and friends.
- Ask them what they need from you. When you are not sure what to do, it is 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 being told how to handle it. 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 sometimes even feel like an emotional rollercoaster. One day your child may reach out for your support, the next day rejecting any offer of help. Stay in touch with your own supportive friends and relatives, and talk with other parents who have been—or 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 (2017)
- College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It, Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo (2004)
- Don't Tell Me What To Do, Just Send Money: The Essential Parenting Guide to the College Years, Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller (2011)
- 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 (2016)
(Adapted from the Counseling Center at the George Washington University)
Resources for Parents and Families
- Transitioning From High School to College with a Psychiatric Diagnosis: Preparation
- How to Maintain Mental Health Treatment when Moving to Campus
- College Students with ADHD
- PFLAG (Parents, Families, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
- College Parents of America
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff have access to free, confidential counseling for themselves, their dependents, and their household members through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can reach the EAP 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800-451-1834.
Helping Distressed Students
Are you concerned about a student? Visit our Concerned About a Student? web page for information about signs of distress, how to approach someone, campus resources, and options for intervention.
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.