College Mental Health Student Access Guide

What is the College Mental Health Program

The College Mental Health Program helps students meet the personal challenges associated with their academic and life goals. Sometimes problems arise that interfere with students’ abilities to do well in college, to continue in classes, and to be emotionally healthy. Personal counseling is provided by advanced graduate school interns under the direct supervision of a licensed psychologist in the Student Health Center and by generalist counselors in the Office of Counseling and Special Programs. These services are free to all currently registered and enrolled students. Our program offers short term counseling for individuals, couples and families, as well crisis intervention counseling. The College Mental Health Program welcomes students of all cultural and ethnic groups, ages, lifestyles, and diverse value systems.


Distressed Man

Assess Your Mental Health

Take this opportunity to evaluate your own level of mental health. Click on any of the following three self-report inventories in order to assess yourself on a measure of depression, anxiety or stress. After completing your inventory, follow the scoring instructions.

Stress Self Report Anxiety Self Report Depression Self Report

If your score on any of the three inventories is elevated, please contact a College Mental Health Program counselor for help.


timeTo arrange an appointment at the Student Health Center you may telephone or come to the center. The Office Assistant will schedule an appointment for you at the first available time. If you wish to request a specific counselor, you may do so. Otherwise, you will be assigned to a therapist who has the most immediate opening. You may call at anytime during the semester to request a session.

First Appointment
To schedule your first appointment, come to the Health Center at SSC 177 or call (949) 582-4606. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your first appointment in order to complete necessary paperwork. During your first session, your counselor will listen to your concerns and will discuss your goals for counseling. Also, your counselor will help you to identify possible options and alternatives for meeting your needs.

Regular Appointments
Counseling appointments always begin on the hour and last one hour. It is important that you arrive on time so that you receive the best possible service. When an appointment must be missed, you must call or come to the Student Health Center to cancel or reschedule.

Crisis Intervention
Crisis intervention is available during the regular hours of the Student Health Center. You do not need a pre-scheduled appointment to see a counselor if you are experiencing a true crisis. When urgent on-campus emergencies occur outside of Student Health Center hours, please contact the Campus Police at (949) 582-4585 or (949) 582-4444.



It is an essential aspect of the College Mental Health Program to provide students with an environmentlock where they feel safe and free to seek help. All counselors maintain the strictest standards of privacy and confidentiality. All personal counseling records are kept separate from all academic, administrative, disciplinary, and medical records. No information about a student’s sessions with a College Mental Health counselor is released to anyone or to any institution without the express knowledge and written consent of the student.

All information disclosed within sessions is strictly confidential and may not be revealed or released to anyone outside the counseling office without the knowledge and written permission of the student, except where reporting is required by law. Disclosure of personal counseling information is required in circumstances where there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse, elder abuse or dependent abuse; where the student is at risk for hurting herself/himself unless protective measures are taken; where the student presents a clear and serious threat of harm, danger or violence to another; or where the student seeks counseling in order to commit a crime, or to avoid detection and/or apprehension for a crime.

There are also very rare instances where a court of law may require that a counselor disclose relevant information during a legal proceeding that involves the student. These instances are extremely rare and do not include divorce, child custody, personal injury or harassment situations.


Consultation and Outreach

girl talking to counselorThe College Mental Health Program offers several types of consultation services to faculty, staff, administration and students. These programs are presented in collaboration with various Student Services offices, academic departments and specific outreach programs.

“Dealing with Difficult People”
A three-hour workshop designed to facilitate faculty and staff communication with students is presented by the Student Health Center and Special Services.

“Bridge the Gap”
A three-hour in-service provided for staff by the Student Health Center and the Office of Counseling Services and Special Programs, focusing on solutions for commonly occurring difficult situations involving students who may have disabilities, cultural differences, psychological problems, crisis situations, personal difficulties, anger management issues, and other scenarios.

Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
A brief presentation by the College Mental Health Task Force to faculty, staff, and academic departments and divisions focusing on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a student in crisis, managing a crisis, and referring students to the CIT for counseling and immediate help.

Faculty & Staff Mental Health Outreach
A 30-minute presentation provided to faculty and staff by the Student Health Center. The presentation focuses primarily on the campus mental health services available to students. Special emphasis is given to recognizing student crises. Information is provided on accessing the “Getting Help” narrated power point presentation for classroom use.

The College Mental Health Program is also available to the Associated Student Government in planning and facilitating designated outreach or campus-wide programs.



All links on the Student Health Center Website are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by South Orange County Community College District, Saddleback College or, Saddleback College Student Health Center of the content or views of the linked materials.

Saddleback College Student Health Center makes every reasonable effort to present current and accurate information; however, no guarantee of any kind is made. South Orange County Community College District, Saddleback College and, Saddleback College Student Health Center are not liable for any damage or loss related to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of any information contained on this site.