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In support of the Hudson County Community College mission, Mental Health Counseling & Wellness aims to foster the psychological health and well-being of students. By helping them overcome obstacles, which may otherwise prevent them from attaining academic, personal, and professional goals. We embrace the diversity in the community we serve, and we acknowledge that the individual needs of our students are unique and varied. Thus, we treat each person with respect and dignity. Through collaboration with others across HCCC, we work to provide programs and services that build a supportive community for all.
Due to COV19, all HCCC students are still eligible to receive free supportive counseling and referral services from a licensed mental health professional via telehealth and phone communication. If there is an emergency, and critical care is needed for psychiatric services, staff will make referrals to the community. If a parent or a friend has concerns about his/her adult child or friend attending HCCC, he/she may call Mental Health Counseling & Wellness to advise us of the situation. Once a referral is received, we are not able to release information due to confidentiality.
Rights to privacy and confidentiality are taken seriously. Communications between the counselor and student are privileged, confidential, and safeguarded by our staff. Counseling records do not become part of educational history. Counseling information is not released to anyone outside of the Counseling Center without a student's written permission. We will not release your records unless we have written consent. However, there are four exceptions to confidentiality: (1) Imminent harm to yourself, (2) Imminent harm to others or property, (3) Abuse of children, the elderly or the disabled, and (4) Staff consultation and supervision.
APPOINTMENTSDue to COV19, all HCCC students are still eligible to receive free supportive counseling and referral services from a licensed mental health professional via telehealth and phone communication. Students seeking mental health support are encouraged to call to set up an appointment at (201) 360-4229. In-Person services have been temporarily suspended.
Hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9 am -5 pm
Tuesday and Thursday – 10 am – 7 pm.
After hours, there is hotline access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as follows: SUICIDE PREVENTION – 1-800-273-8255 and Crisis Text Line: text the word “ HELLO” to 741-741.
In the case of an emergency, immediately call the Police via 911 and then call Campus Security at 201-360-4080.
Students and staff wanting to make a referral, please report your CARES & CONCERNS:Click Here to Make a ReferralReferral Reasons
Most Common Mental Health Issues Facing College Students
Things to do:
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Mental Health Counseling & Wellness would like to introduce you to another mental health resource for HCCC students TalkCampus: A reminder that all requests for Mental Health Counseling or referrals please complete General Care and Concern FormTalkCampus: is here! FREE for All HCCC students. We have partnered with TalkCampus: resources available 24 hours, seven days a week. They will connect you with instant peer to peer support.
It is a safe place to be can be anonymous or not, talk about anything JUDGEMENT FREE. “Your boyfriend broke up with you, Your dad is annoying, you are stress over school, covid19 anxiety...it doesn’t matter.” No Suffering in Silence talk with someone!TalkCampus: also provides free Guided Meditations, wellness tips, sleep tips, and also Journaling.
Easy as – One – Two- Three someones is here for me. 1. Download the mobile app on Google Play or the App Store. 2. Click on the sign-up button on the home page of the app. 3. Enter your college provided email address and choose a password. https://www.talklife.co/hudson-county-community-college
Important COVID-19 Updates
HCCC Appeal to Help Students in Need
Resources for NJ Community College Students
and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus
Resources for NJ College Students
Mental Health: How Do You Protect Yourself
Free Internet Information
ComcastEngaging Students in an Online EnvironmentOnline Learning and Student Supports Resources
If a student is in Psychological crisis, he/she is directed to call 911 or go to the local Emergency Room. The following 2 resources are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week: Suicide Prevention Line: 1.800.273.8255 and Crisis Text Line – Text HELLO to 741-741.
In addition to clinical services, we will also be initiating an ongoing HEALTH AND WELLNESS Program throughout the year. Please periodically check our student portal at https://myhudson.hccc.edu/mental-health-counseling-wellness-center for upcoming activities such as: Wellness Fairs, and other
Rights to privacy and confidentiality are taken seriously. Communications between the counselor and student are privileged, confidential and safeguarded by our staff. Counseling records do not become part of the educational record. Counseling information is not released to anyone outside of the Counseling Center without a student's written permission. We will not release your records unless we have written consent. However, there are four exceptions to confidentiality: (1) Imminent harm to yourself, (2) Imminent harm to others or property, (3) Abuse of children, the elderly or the disabled and (4) Staff consultation and/or supervision.
Office Days/Hours: (9am-5pm) Monday – Friday
Doreen Marie Pontius, M.S.W., L.C.S.W
Associate Director of Counseling & Wellness
70 Sip Avenue, Room 215
Jersey City, NJ 07306