The Counseling Center- Hotlines

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.


• New Jersey Hopeline

New Jersey Hopeline 1-855-654-6735  New Jersey’s 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline.  Need someone to talk to?  Specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

• 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.

 • 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.”

 • New Jersey Mental Health Cares: 1-866-202-HELP (4357) or visit

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.


741741–simply text this number for 24/7 confidential support–simply text this number for 24/7 confidential support

 CRISIS CHAT ROOM  Live Chat offers peer support and enables you to communicate one-on-one with a specialist who understands what you are going through and is here to help you cope.


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
Ext. 3905

Sr. Deborah Lynch, O.P., M.S.
Counselor/Substance Awareness
Ext. 3305

Paulette Banko
Administrative Assistant
Ext. 3307


Alcohol and Mental Health Screening