Welcome to Counseling Services!
Our mission is to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students at Ramapo College by offering a range of free and confidential services, including short-term individual counseling, drop-in hours, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, AOD (alcohol and other drug) assessment/treatment and referrals to long-term therapy in the community.
Counseling appointments will be conducted in person or via telehealth using a secure platform that will allow audio/video communication between students and counselors.
To find out more about our services or make an appointment, please visit D-216, call the office at (201) 684-7522, or click on one of the options below.
Intakes will be conducted via telehealth. Once you schedule your intake appointment, you will be sent paperwork and a link to use to meet with a counselor remotely by video. After the intake session, you will be contacted to discuss next steps for treatment. If you wish to schedule an initial intake, please call the office at 201-684-7522.
Individual and Group Therapy
Ongoing short-term individual therapy will be provided both in person or via telehealth. Groups are formed once the semester begins and will be announced on the website and in the Daily Digest. Both individual and group therapy requires an intake appointment. Please call 201-684-7522 to schedule.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency during business hours (M-F 8:30-4:30), please come to D-216 or call our main line at 201-684-7522 to be connected with our emergency on-call therapist. Alternatively, you may call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after the office has closed (nights or weekends), simply call the main line at 201-684-7522 and follow the prompt (“Press 2”) for immediate assistance. Alternatively, you may call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
Counseling Services offers drop-in hours Monday-Friday from 1:00-3:00PM during the academic year. Drop-ins are brief, confidential meetings with one of our counselors to discuss a specific concern. You do not need to schedule an appointment and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that drop-ins are not considered formal mental health treatment. Please come to D-216 or call 201-684-7522 during drop-in hours.
Concerned About A Student?
If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
- Near Ramapo College, go to Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (Paramus).
Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)
- Call or text a free and confidential crisis line:
- National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Crisis Textline – Text START to 741-741
- NJ Hopeline 1-855-654-6735
- 2ndFloor support line for NJ residents age 10-24 1-888-222-2228
- LGBTQ Trevor Lifeline 866-488-7386 – thetrevorproject.org
- Sexual Assault Hotline – 800-656-HOPE (4673) – rainn.org
During Regular Office Hours
- During regular office hours (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30) call 201-684-7522 or walk in to CHCS to speak with a counselor about your concerns.
- If you are experiencing an emergency, you can speak with an on-call counselor. Do not use email in an emergency situation.
After Hours Emergency
- Call the Counseling Services main number at (201) 684-7522 and press 2 to be connected immediately to an after-hours, on-call counselor.
Suicide Prevention Training
- Ramapo College offers various training for students, faculty, and staff who may have concerns about someone. Please visit our Suicide Preventionwebpage to learn more.
Resources During COVID-19
Anxiety & Coping Resources
Resources During COVID-19
- Governor Murphy’s Administration just released the Youth Mental Health and Wellness Resource website to guide young people and their families to resources that promote student health and well-being during the return to classrooms and campuses after isolation from COVID-19.
- Sanvello provides on-demand support for stress, anxiety, and depression. Sanvello Premium is currently being offered for free.
- The CDC is offering tips for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19.
- Headspace is a mindfulness app that is offering free support during COVID-19.
- Active Minds offers mental health tools for college students. Click here for a resource on coping and mental health during COVID-19, click here for suggestions about self-care, and click here for tips to stay healthy while working from home.
- Mindfulness at Ramapo College offers mindfulness resources for anxiety and stress relief, including free remote meditations.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering coping strategies during COVID-19.
- Watch a video on how to manage anxiety and uncertainty during the pandemic here.
Tips for Dealing with Stress
Tips for Dealing with Stress During COVID-19
- Exercise and physical activity release feel-good endorphins and improve mood. Many places are offering free remote workouts, or you can create your own exercise routine in your room or outside.
- Try to get fresh air daily.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Use social media to connect with others, but try not to use social media excessively, as this can increase stress and anxiety.
- Limit consumption of news.
- Get news from accurate, reputable sources, such as the CDC or the WHO.
- Try to remain present in the current moment – predictions about the future can increase anxiety.
- Practice mindfulness and meditation.
- Connect with friends and family via online platforms like FaceTime or Zoom.
- If you are stuck in close quarters with others, try to carve out some time alone each day, even if this just means taking a walk or taking a long shower.
- Get enough sleep.
- Try to eat healthfully, though this is not the time to try to diet – if having a treat makes you feel good, eat it!
Hotlines for Support
Hotlines to Call for Support During COVID-19
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Textline: Text START to 741-741
- NJ Hopeline: 1-855-654-6735
- 2nd Floor Support Line for NJ Residents Ages 10-24: 1-888-222-2228
- Trevor Project (LGBTQIA+ Support Line): 1-866-488-7386
- Addictions Hotline: 1-888-984-0363
- Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Dealing with Grief
Tips for Dealing with Grief During COVID-19
Here at the counseling center we recognize that this is an unprecedented time where a lot of people are grieving at once – grieving those who have passed due to COVID-19 or other causes but also grieving a loss of safety and security, grieving special events (e.g., birthday celebrations, graduation) that will not get to happen in the ways they were anticipated, grieving a loss of the college experience you were hoping for, or many other forms of grief. While we are collectively grieving, unfortunately right now we are not able to physically grieve together, especially after loss of life, in the ways that we are used to and with the rituals to which we’ve all become accustomed. Below are some tips and suggestions for how to help the grieving process during social distancing:
- Many funerals and memorials are being live streamed. If you’ve lost a loved one and are unable to physically be at a funeral or memorial, find out if the immediate family is livestreaming the service and if you can view it remotely.
- Practice meditation to stay in the present moment and acknowledge your feelings – many apps are allowing people to join for free during COVID-19, and free guided meditations can be found on YouTube and Mindfulness at Ramapo.
- Create a virtual space where people can leave messages, memories, songs, photos from family, a poem, artwork, etc. This can be a place where people come for comfort in the future as well, leaving messages on anniversaries, birthdays, etc.
- Connect, connect, connect. People often crave connection during the grieving process, and while this can’t happen in person right now, there are still many ways to connect from a distance – Zoom, FaceTime, emails, phone calls and writing someone a letter are just some suggestions.
- Schedule a communal meal remotely through Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Consider using a recipe of the person who has passed or creating a menu based on their favorite foods. Or, just eat a pizza together with the people you love and connect virtually during this difficult time.
- Journal about how you are feeling and about the person you lost. Consider writing them a letter or writing something you would have wanted to say at a memorial (and perhaps can at a memorial scheduled for a later date).
- Make a playlist that people can contribute songs to – songs that the person loved, songs that remind you of them, songs that bring comfort, songs you would want to play during a future memorial service, etc.
- Connect with a counselor virtually. You can do this through the Counseling Center.
- Send meals, care packages, or a gift card for meals to be purchased later to the family of the person who passed away.
Support for Black Students and Their Allies
In the wake of recent national events surrounding racism and social justice, the Counseling Services department at Ramapo College has created this List of Resources that support mental well-being, healing, and empowerment among Black students and their allies. If you have additional resources that you have found helpful and informative, please email them to Dr. Cesar Leon at email@example.com.