“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 – 1973)
The Counseling Center is dedicated to the enhancement of personal growth and is committed to the idea that an individual’s emotional/psychological, spiritual, intellectual and physical well-being combine to make life satisfying. Professional counselors assist in helping students understand their abilities and potential, help students through changing circumstances and the transition from one stage of life to the next, and help students grow in the midst of personal difficulty.
A college environment is exciting and stimulating. It can also be stressful. Balancing classes, tests, work, relationships, family and friends can place new demands on time and energy. At times, students may feel overwhelmed. Many students find it helpful to discuss personal concerns with a professional counselor who takes the time to listen and understand. Counselors also assist students in setting goals, overcoming barriers, assessing resources and planning fulfilling, productive lives. A major tenet of counseling services is that personal awareness is an essential and integral part of a rewarding life.
• 2nd Floor: 1-888-222-2228
2ndfloor is a statewide helpline that provides 24/7 comfort, advice and information to young people ages 10 – 24. Young people can call 2ndfloor to talk or if they just need someone to listen. No topic is off limits, and all calls are anonymous and confidential.
• Campus Concern 973-618-3333 If you are concerned about a campus safety matter, someone’s emotional health, or a friend’s alcohol/drug use, dial x3333 to leave an anonymous message which will be directed to the appropriate voice mailbox. (Please note this is not a crisis hotline).
• Helpline 973-618-3689 Caldwell University’s Helpline is a free, anonymous, confidential, non-judgmental peer telephone counseling and referral service. If you need a listening ear, give them a call.
• National Graduate Student Crisis Hotline.
Immediate help for grads in crisis. 1-877-472-3457 or 1-877-GRAD-HLP.
Graduate students facing overwhelming stress or despair can speak anonymously with a counselor specially trained in graduate issues.
• The National Sexual Assault 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
A free and confidential hotline for victims of sexual assault.
• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
A free and confidential hotline for victims of domestic violence. Services provided include information, education, safety planning and referrals to local agencies and programs
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK
Depression is treatable and suicide is preventable. If you or someone you know is in emotional pain, call this 24-hour crisis hotline. For further information, view the YouTube video, “Suicide Affects Everyone.”
Call this number for free, confidential mental health information and referrals. Help when you need it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• CONTACT, We Care, Inc.: 908-232-2880 and 908-301-1873
Whether the caller is distraught over the challenges of mounting school work, stressed over a break-up, or even suicidal and without hope, CONTACT’s highly trained volunteers listen and assist callers in finding answers.
• Essex County’s 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline (1-877-733-CARE)
A team of staff and volunteer Rape Care Advocates are available for mobile dispatch to hospitals and police stations around the clock to assist victims as they go through the difficult procedures and decision-making process following an assault.
• Vet-to-Vet: 1-866-838-7654
A confidential toll-free hotline that was created for veterans who reside in New Jersey. Peer counselors are available to answer veteran’s calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day about dealing with distress and readjusting to civilian life. Clinicians respond to inquiries and make referrals related to handling bouts of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and frequent nightmares. Family members of vets are also encouraged to call this helpline.
Confidentiality and trust are essential to the counseling process. Consequently, information shared during counseling and the identity of counseling clients will not be disclosed to anyone without the student’s express (usually written) consent.
Conditions requiring exceptions to confidentiality occur very infrequently, and they are discussed with prospective clients prior to beginning counseling.
The Counseling Staff
Robin Davenport, M.S., NCC, LPC
Director of Counseling Services
Sr. Deborah Lynch, O.P., M.S.
Alcohol and Mental Health Screening