Mental Health Services
Mt. SAC has a multi-disciplinary, multilingual, and multiethnic team of licensed professionals that offer short-term mental health counseling: psychologists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. The team prides itself in providing you a confidential space that is diverse, non-judgmental, student-centered, and invested in your overall health to assist you with reaching milestones in your academic career at Mt. SAC.
Be sure to check out the rest of this page for some online resources, including a wide range of helpful and engaging mental health videos and podcasts.
All information is confidential and available only to the patient, with few exceptions as mandated by law. Learn more about your Protected Health Information.
The Mt. SAC Mental Health Team
Health Center Info.
If you are having a medical emergency or mental health crisis during business hours, please call (909) 274-4000, press 2 to speak with a staff member, or go to one of the clinics at Building 67B or 9E. You may also choose to call 911 or go to your nearest ER.
If you are having a medical emergency after hours, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
Students experiencing significant emotional distress, or thoughts of harming self or others, have the following options:
- Call the afterhours service at (909) 274-4400. Press “2” and immediately be connected with a trained counselor.
- Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-(800) 273-8255
- Text COURAGE to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Crisis Support: Text “HEARME” to 839863, available 24/7
- or Call 9-1-1 or go the nearest Emergency Room.
Just need someone to talk to, but don’t have thoughts of hurting yourself or others?
- Call LA County Department of Mental Health 24/7 1-(800) 854-7771, press 2
- California Peer-Run Warm Line 855-845-7415
Mt. SAC provides short-term mental health counseling to students currently enrolled and receiving at least one credit per academic. In short-term counseling, a student and therapist work together to establish attainable goals that focus on understanding the basics of your mental health, problem solving, skills training, decision-making, and social skills. Services are confidential, with a few exceptions mandated by law. Learn more about your Protected Health Information.
Our mental health counseling services are not intended to provide long-term care or psychiatric supervision (treatment that includes psychiatric medication), as there is no psychiatrist on staff. Students requiring long-term mental health needs (i.e., persons experiencing moderate to severe depression, bipolar symptoms, substance use, eating disorders, psychosis, suicidal behavior, or ongoing crises) will be referred to off-campus services where they can receive treatment that includes psychiatric supervision.
If you are an employee looking for counseling, please contact the MT SAC Employee Counseling Center at (909) 274-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Make an Appointment
Please contact us at (909) 274-4400 to make your initial screening appointment with a licensed mental health therapist, and a friendly and qualified therapist can meet with you soon.
In California, “telehealth” is defined as a method to deliver health care services using information and communication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, and care management while the patient and provider are at two different sites. The two most common modes of telehealth for counseling are via 1) live videoconferencing either through a personal computer with a webcam or a mobile communications device with two-way camera capability, and 2) telephone
A therapist can only provide services to a student who resides in the state of CA. During each telehealth appointment the student’s current physical location and an emergency contact number will be obtained.
Mt. SAC is utilizing Zoom as the video platform to provide telehealth care. Mt. SAC has invested in the confidential and secure Zoom platform.
Why are there mental health services on campus?
Mt. SAC recognizes the importance of mental and physical health to be successful in academics. A support system is critical in being able to manage life’s challenges. Although a student may feel they already have a support system with friends or loved ones, mental health professionals are available to offer students non-biased, non-judgmental support.
Are mental health services only for people with serious problems?
Anyone can benefit from mental health services, regardless of whether the emotional issues one has are short-term or long-term. It is always important to take care of your overall health which includes your mental health.
What are the reasons students seek mental health services?
There are a variety of reasons a student seeks mental health services, including:
- Feeling sad, lonely, depressed, anxious, worried, overwhelmed, and/or hopeless
- Grieving the loss of a relationship, job, loved one or pet
- Relationship problems with family members, spouse, friends, significant others, teachers and/or classmates
- Anger issues
- Substance use
- Eating and/or sleeping habits
- Issues specifically related to academics, including test anxiety, problems with focus and attention, and procrastination/time management
Can my significant other or family member receive services at Mt SAC?
Mt. SAC only offers individual therapy to students currently enrolled and receiving at least one credit per academic session.
What can I expect in my first visit?
Prior to your first visit with a licensed mental health clinician, you will be asked to complete a few forms and questionnaires. In your first session with a clinician, the clinician will ask you about the symptoms or problems you are currently experiencing. By the end of the session, the clinician will share with you whether the symptoms or problems you are reporting are ones that the clinician can help you with at Mt SAC Health Center. If the clinician is not able to best support you, the clinician will provide you with a meaningful referral to a provider who can treat you most effectively. The clinicians are friendly and professional, and they will guide you through the discussion.
Coping Tip Sheets
Coping during the Pandemic
Your well-being is important to us. It is normal to worry during a time of uncertainty, but it is also important to use our coping skills and resources to help us feel better. These are unprecedented times, and embracing our mental health is a top priority by practicing self-care. We encourage students to remain connected with friends, colleagues, classmates, and family by using messaging apps like Google Hangouts, Zoom, to chat and check-in with others.
Download apps that can help with guided imagery, breathing techniques, yoga and mindfulness that are beneficial tools to calm the brain. Using social distance measures, take a brisk walk around your neighborhood, try a free dance, exercise class, or guided workout on YouTube. Personal trainers are offering free exercise classes, so check your social media portals and jump in.
Mental Health Resources
Los Angeles County
- 24/7 LACDMH’s Help Line - (800) 854-7771 - provides mental health support, resources and referrals
- Crisis Lines:
- County Crisis Line 1-800-854-7771
- Didi Hirsch 1-877-727-4747
- Call 2-1-1 referrals for health and social services.
- CARES Line Call - (800) 706-7500
- Substance Use CARES Line - (800) 499-3008
- 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care
- Riverside: (951) 509-2499
- Palm Springs: (442) 268-7000
- Perris: (951) 349-4195
- Peer Navigation Line Call: (888)768-4968
San Bernardino County
San Bernardino County Behavioral Health
- Member Services: 24/7 Access & Referral Helpline: 1 (888) 743-1478 or (909) 386- 8256
711 for TTY users or visit the Member Services: Access & Referral webpage
- For substance use disorder and recovery services call: 1.800.968.2636
- In Crisis, but don't need 911? Call - (909) 386- 8256
- OC Links Behavioral Health Line is available 24/7 at (855) 625-4657
- TDD Number: (714) 834-2332.
- Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Mental Health & Loneliness
Good Grief! Defining & Working with Grief
Reimagining Your Recharge with Mt. SAC Student Health Services Episode 99