At BU and Beyond
As a student, you may experience a range of challenges that may impact your mental health and wellness that can interfere with academic experiences and negatively impact your daily life, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, problems with eating and/or sleeping, substance use, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. We all experience stressful and difficult events as a normal part of life. If you are seeking guidance, resources, or support for your mental health and well being, there are many avenues to pursue at Boston University and beyond, no matter what kind of support you are seeking.
This non-comprehensive guide is meant to highlight some of the most commonly utilized resources by our community at BU, in Boston, and online. Remember that getting help is a smart and courageous thing to do – for yourself, for those you care about, and for those who care about you.
Not sure where to start? Reach out to any one of these individuals on your student services team:
Brendan Hoey (he/him)
Director of Undergraduate Student Services
617-353-3350 • email@example.com
Molly Jodka (she/her)
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, SOT
617-353-6177 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Barb Raney (she/her)
Manager of Student Services, SOM
617-353-8788 • email@example.com
Beth Zerega (she/her)
Assistant Director, SVA
617-358-7428 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruthie Jean (she/her)
Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Enrollment
617 353-3350 • email@example.com
In an Emergency
For psychiatric emergencies, Behavioral Medicine providers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 617-353-3569. For crises related to crime and interpersonal or sexual violence, Crisis Counselors are available through SARP, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 617-353-SARP(7277).
Need help now? Text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 74141 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained crisis counselor.
Resources at BU
Resources During COVID-19
The School of Public Health has created a COVID-19 Support Guide. Be sure to check it out!
Alcohol & Drug Programs
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drugs, Student Health Services offers a wealth of information on counseling, recovery, screening, and intervention services.
BU Behavioral Health Services
Behavioral Medicine offers a range of mental health services to our students. They specialize in assessment and diagnosis; brief treatment, including therapy and psychiatry for a variety of mental health issues; and referral to community resources for longer-term care.
This means they can refer you to qualified therapists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses who are a quick walk or T-ride from campus. Community providers have various specialties including working with eating disorders, trauma, OCD and substance abuse. They can also refer students to clinicians with expertise in providing services to LGBTQ students, our international student population and more.
Behavioral Medicine offers various workshops and groups to help you address a variety of mental health related needs. Participating in one of these options will help decrease isolation and expand your support network, while gaining effective coping skills.
CONTACT BU BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
Referral Services: 617-358-5714
BU Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders (CARD)
BU CARD is a clinic specializing in anxiety disorders and related challenges, such as mood, sleep, concentration, and pain.
Gender Affirming Healthcare
Student Health Services (SHS) is committed to providing high-quality, accessible healthcare to transgender and non-binary students. Their providers and staff are dedicated to affirming healthcare practices that create an inclusive and supportive environment.
The Gender-Affirming Healthcare Team is an interdisciplinary group of providers specifically trained in affirming care for transgender and non-binary students. The team consists of doctors, nurses, and counselors across multiple SHS departments.
CONTACT: (617) 353-3575
The Wellbeing Project has partnered with Athletics, Graduate Education, and Student Health Services to offer all BU students free access to Headspace – a research-backed app for mindfulness and meditation. Over 2,000 scientific studies support the positive effects of meditation. Just 10 days of using Headspace has been shown to result in a 14% decrease in stress.
Resources for Wellbeing
Student Health, along with the BU Health Promotion & Prevention Office, offer vital resources for students to maintain physical, emotional, social, environmental, intellectual, financial, and spiritual wellness throughout the semester. Additionally, the Wellbeing Project has transformed into a formal department. A new initiative of the Provost’s Office, this department will strive to create a holistic, integrated, and shared approach to wellbeing on all of BU’s campuses. Students will learn to engage in their own wellbeing via campus programming and initiatives, and will gain social-emotional skills as part of their academic experience.
Resources from Health Promotion & Prevention
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
BU’s Sargent Choice Nutrition Center is a wonderful, robust resource that can assist students with anything from eating healthier to eating more consistently. If you have any concerns surrounding food, or if you’d just like to learn more, Sargent Choice is here for you. Visit their website for more information.
Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center
SARP provides professional, rapid, confidential, and free-of-charge advocacy and assistance to BU students who have experienced a traumatic incident, including immediate crisis response. Their particular focus is sexual trauma and rape; they also assist survivors of physical assault, interpersonal violence, and other crimes.
SARP is a confidential resource, providing resources as to where students can receive appropriate medical care, both immediate and longer term as necessary; confidential individual counseling and/or referrals to community resources as appropriate; Confidential group sessions; help with resources for academic and personal support; information for friends, family, and others affected by violence or trauma; assistance to survivors of other violent crimes and traumatic incidents, and more.
On-call 24/7 for Crisis and Non-Crisis • 617-353-SARP (7277)
Student Conflict Resolution Program
Run by Stacey Harris of Disability and Access Services, the Student Conflict Resolution Program offers workshops and resources to help students work through issues that may be causing distress.
The Terrier Connect training program teaches members of the Boston University community to identify signs of distress, develop effective skills for communicating with and supporting students, and provide accurate information about referrals to mental health professionals.
How You Feel Matters
Student Wellbeing at BU is a campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellbeing during their time at BU. Through a collaborative and shared approach to programming and resources, we inspire our students to succeed at BU and beyond.
Additional Resources Outside of BU
ARTrelief Expressive Arts Therapy Center
ARTrelief is an innovative Expressive Arts Therapy in Watertown, MA which has serviced individuals across the lifespan. They are dedicated to the use and promotion of all forms of art to support health, joy, awareness, development, education, social-economic adjustment, cultural inclusion, equality, dignity and integrity in the community.
Arbour Counseling Services
Arbour Counseling Services offers programs for patients of all ages through an outpatient continuum of care. With multiple locations throughout Massachusetts, Arbour Counseling Services prioritizes quality and convenience for the communities they serve. Their Boston Center is located in Allston.
Brookline Community Mental Health Center
This organization offers a wide range of mental health services, including therapy for adults and children, home- and school-based counseling, crisis intervention, outreach to the homeless, and more. The bulk of its clients qualify as low- or moderate-income, and it provides 10,000 free or reduced-cost visits each year.
Along with traditional one-on-one behavioral therapy, Fenway Health sponsors an array of support groups that are free to attend. While these sessions do not employ formal psychotherapy, they provide valuable community and aid. There are groups for individuals living with HIV, LGBTQ+ people who have experienced abuse, and more.
A free web guide to come to terms with and deal with addiction. They offer FAQs, statistics, signs to look out for, and treatment centers to help with addiction.
Digital Resources Outside of BU
- National Mental Health Resources Document: Compiled by BU Behavioral Medicine.
- Therapist Matchmaking: 3 Steps to Find the Best Therapist for You: A useful beginners guide to searching for a therapist.
- Multicultural Counselors in Massachusetts
- Half of Us: Through The Jed Foundation and mtvU, Half of Us is an online resource for young adults offering relevant information about mental health and academic issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, helping a friend, etc. CONTACT: Text START to 741-741 or call (800) 273-TALK (8255)
- ULifeline: ULifeline is an online resource specific to college students where you can find great information about a variety of common issues that students face and you can access a self-evaluator that may help you decide what the next best steps are.
- TalkSpace: An online therapy resource that will match patients with a licensed therapist to meet virtually, by phone, or by text.
- Psychology Today: A comprehensive national online database for therapists and counselors. Search by specialization, location, cost/insurance, and more.
- Therapy for Black Girls: Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Provides a search tool as well as a podcast and other online resources.
- The Loveland Foundation: The Loveland Foundation works to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. Specifically they provide financial assistance to Black women and girls nationally seeking therapy.
- Therapy for Latinx: Therapy for Latinx leverages technology to serve as a national mental health resource for the Latinx community by working with licensed therapists across the country. They provide resources for their community to heal, thrive, and become advocates for their own mental health.
- National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network: National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association: The mission of NAAPIMHA is to promote the mental health and well being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
- AGLP: The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists, provides an extensive list of affinity groups, support organizations, and more for LGBTQ+ individuals.
+988 • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
+1 (800) 799-7233 • National Domestic Violence Hotline
+1 (800) 996-6228 • Family Violence Helpline
+1 (800) 784-2433 • National Hopeline Network
+1 (800) 366-8288 • Self-Harm Hotline
+1 (800) 230-7526 • Planned Parenthood Hotline
+1 (800) 222-1222 • American Association of Poison Control Centers
+1 (800) 622-2255 • Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line
+1 (800) 233-4357 • National Crisis Line, Anorexia and Bulimia
+1 (888) 843-4564 • GLBT Hotline
+1 (866) 488-7386 • TREVOR Crisis Hotline
+1 (800) 221-7044 • AIDS Crisis Line
+1 (800) 422-4453 • The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
+1 (877) 565-8860 • The Trans Lifeline