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Mental Health/Wellness

Disclaimer: BRCC has found the outside sites listed on these pages to be helpful, but the College assumes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the information provided. Resources are provided for information only.


On this page, you can navigate to local and state resources in the sidebar. Area Resources are local and community resources available to you as a student or member of the BRCC community. Mental Wellness Resources are external resources organized by topic. Many of these resources are specifically made for college students.


Student Support

BRCC’s student population is a mixture of traditional and non-traditional students.

You may be…

  • coming straight from high school to college and will be trying to adjust to changes in your personal life, living environment, and academic demands
  • trying to balance the demands of work, family, and school or starting college for the first time after raising a family
  • returning to school to learn new job skills or wanting to upgrade your current employment skills
  • meeting the challenges associated with being an international student

As a student, you may be attempting to manage a number of variables in your life.  For instance, you may have a full or part-time job in addition to school.  You may be involved in school and community activities or volunteer work.  You may have a circle of friends to do things with or be a parent with childcare responsibilities.

At times, life can also toss unexpected circumstances your way, making it tough to manage everything.  Your degree of stress may increase, testing the limits of your coping strategies.  Maybe you have supportive resources in your life to help you cope with things or perhaps your resources are limited.


Getting Help

If you are experiencing events that are interfering with your academics at BRCC, our Student Services counselors are available to help you connect with appropriate services for personal help in your community.  

BRCC students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare, the virtual health and well-being platform made for college students. Students do not need insurance to access TimelyCare services. You will login using your BRCC/VCCS credentials.

As part of BRCC’s partnership with TimelyMD, students will have access to services in  TimelyCare, including: 

  • MedicalNow: On-demand support for common health issues, including cold, flu, and  allergies. 
  • TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand emotional support to talk about anything, including anxiety,  relationships, depression, and school-related stressors. 
  • Scheduled Medical: Choose the day, time, and medical provider that best works for you. 
  • Scheduled Counseling: Choose the day, time, and mental health provider that best works  for you. 
  • Health Coaching: Develop healthy lifestyle behaviors, including nutrition, sleep habits, time  management, and mindfulness. 
  • Psychiatry: Appointments are available through referrals. 
  • Self-Care Content: Visit the Explore page within TimelyCare for guided self-care content  including yoga and meditation sessions, as well as group conversations with our providers  on a variety of health and well-being topics. 
  • Basic Needs Support: Access to low or reduced-cost community resources, including food  and housing assistance, transit support, childcare, and finances.  

Students have access to TimelyCare services 365 days a year. That means you have  access during breaks, after-hours, and any time you need support!

Complete a Concerning Behavior Referral Form to alert the BRCC Team of a student or employee at BRCC that you would like us to follow up with, or for the team to be made aware. By sharing your observations, you are helping to maintain a healthy and safe environment.


Mental Wellness Resources

Your mental health and wellness is important and can significantly impact your success at BRCC. The resources listed below lead to links which provide additional information and support outside of BRCC

 Addiction & Substance Abuse
Anxiety, Depression, and Eating Disorders
 Dating and Domestic Violence
Combating Stigma

Often, we can worry that others may judge us for seeking mental health counseling or treatment. This stigma may prevent you from seeking help when it is needed.

Particularly among college students, most reported they would accept someone as a friend if they were receiving mental health treatment. You may also feel that people in your community would think less of someone who is/was receiving mental health treatment. However, the majority of students report they would not feel this way.

  • Use school resources – There is support at Blue Ridge to help you succeed. The Disability Services office, located in the Student Success Center in the Houff Student Center, can assist you in getting reasonable accommodations based on your health provider’s recommendations.
  • Join an advocacy group – The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) provides support in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham area on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. Location: Summit House, 1888 Pear Street, Harrisonburg, VA. Phone: (540) 434-8761.
LGBTQ+ Support
Physical Health
Sexual Violence and Assault
Suicide

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger please contact 911. If you would like to speak to someone you can call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

Support Group for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Lanterns of Hope is a support group in Harrisonburg, VA for those who are suffering from the devastation of a loved one’s suicide. This group is for the exchange of comfort and encouragement in a confidential and casual atmosphere of hope and healing. Nonreligious and nonclinical, the member-run group meets at Grace Mennonite Fellowship located at 209 Lacey Spring Road on the first Monday of each month.

Contact

Suzy LaBonte
(540)-833-4185
hopeforlife@juno.com

The information provided here is not a substitute for medical treatment or psychological care. It is strongly recommended that you talk to your personal physician and a competent mental health care professional in the community.

Veterans

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Phone
(540) 234-9261
Address
Box 80, One College Lane
Weyers Cave, Virginia 24486

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