Wellness Center Debuts New 24/7 Counselling Hotline

The Wellness Center at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) has recently debuted their brand new 24/7 Student Counseling Helpline on Monday Oct. 28. The helpline is free, confidential and is available to call at any time for students who are in need of help in managing a crisis, as the helpline provides information, referrals, support and crisis assessment. 

In an interview with Dean Brown, he expressed that “Laurie Scherer and the Wellness Center staff have worked hard to get this new hotline in place and I appreciate all they do for our students. The hotline will be an important additional resource for students as we continue to expand the services and resources students need to be successful here at SMCM. I am very hopeful that students will see this as a great resource and positive solution to the concerns raised about access to mental health.” 

In an interview with Laurie Scherer, she stated that “The Wellness Center is pleased to offer expanded mental health services to students with support from the Vice President for Student Affairs, Leonard Brown. Students can call the helpline (240-895-4200) to talk with professional counselors who are familiar with our campus resources. The calls are confidential as are all services offered by the Wellness Center. Many other colleges and universities have added phone lines for counseling which inspired us to explore expanding services.  In addition to the 24/7 Helpline we continue to offer the opportunity for students to connect anonymously with a therapist through the website www.smcm.caresforyou.org. The Wellness Center continues to offer regular counseling by appointment and walk-in counseling from 1-3 p.m. on weekdays. Students with urgent concerns may be seen any time we are open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.”  For more information please call the Director of the Wellness Center, Laurie Scherer (240-895-4289 or email at lkscherer@smcm.edu).

The Helpline is a step in the right direction for the health and well-being of the students at the College. The Dean of Students and the Director of the Wellness Center are confident it will help to create a healthier and happier campus. Students should feel comfortable and encouraged to use the helpline if they believe that they would benefit from it.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.