Education and Prevention Programs

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After-Hours Mental Health Line:

Public Safety:
Call: 585-475-3333
Text: 585-205-8333

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:

Crisis Text Line:
Text HOME to 741741

Counseling and Psychological Services staff conduct preventative programming throughout the academic year focused on the developmental needs of students to maximize the potential of their academic experience.

Educational outreach workshops and events include National Suicide Prevention Week, Depression Screening Day, sessions on mindfulness and managing stress, sleep improvement workshops, and more.

Outreach programs and workshops benefit students by:

  • Helping students to acquire new knowledge, skills, and behaviors
  • Encouraging positive and realistic self-appraisal
  • Fostering personal, academic, and career choices
  • Enhancing the ability to relate mutually and meaningfully with others
  • Increasing the capacity to engage in a personally satisfying and effective style of living

Our programs are responsive to sexual and relational orientation, gender identity, racial, cultural, disability, and ethnic diversity among students, and reach students who are less likely to make use of traditional counseling services.

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Workshops at Counseling and Psychological Services are offered at different points throughout the semester and consist of 3-5 sessions. Workshops are NOT a psychotherapy service and students do not need to be connected to Counseling and Psychological Services for treatment to attend. Workshops may be repeated throughout the semester and require no fee.

Everyone needs someone to talk to. Drop in for a supportive conversation with a professional counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services to talk about:

  • Stress
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Academic distress
  • Relationships and dating
  • Conflict resolution
  • Adjustment to a new environment and/or culture
  • Making friends
  • Family problems
  • Sadness 
  • Sleep problems
  • Problem solving
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Financial stress
  • Identity exploration

Spring Semester Drop-in 1:1 Student Consultations:

Sessions: Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, and 16
12-1 p.m.

Do you struggle with anxiety like so many of us? Join this 3-session workshop (3 consecutive weeks) to learn more about the anxiety you experience and develop skills to help you manage it. This Counseling and Psychological Services co-facilitated workshop has 3 modules dedicated to 1) understanding anxiety, 2) introducing a method for slowing down and disentangling the experience of anxiety, and 3) developing alternative responses to anxiety. By the end of the workshop, you will have your own individualized plan for managing anxiety. Interpreters are available upon request.

Register here

Facilitator: Jacquie Compagnoni
Thomas Gosnell Hall - Room 2305
Sessions: March 1 and April 12, 1-1:50 p.m.

Join us for an in-person workshop providing an overview of anxiety, stress management, and negative/intrusive thoughts. You will leave with tangible tools that can be used in your everyday life to promote improved mental wellness. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. 

Register here

Outreach Community Spaces

Students are not required to be in treatment with Counseling and Psychological Services to participate. These groups are NOT psychotherapy groups and instead are supportive and educational. These opportunities are ongoing throughout the semester and there is no fee to participate.

Hosts: Joshua Dentley and Walter DeRouen
Fridays, 1-2 p.m. 

This semi-structured group approaches growth and healing from the basic premise that life is our greatest teacher, and invites men of color (MOC) to explore personal development as an adjunct to their academic pursuits. 

Students will focus on the exploration of personal and cultural history, evaluating and restructuring belief systems, and the pursuit of personal power. They will learn to draw valuable lessons from their diverse experiences as college students and work to integrate those lessons into their way of life—reshaping their narratives to reflect empowerment and success.

This is a safe space where students are welcomed and encouraged to explore issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and cultural trauma. Facilitators will offer prompts for reflection but participants are welcome to address whatever issue that is challenging them at moment. The group is facilitated by Joshua Dentley and Walter DeRouen—both mental health professionals and men of color—it is open to all students identifying as men of color (MOC).

View a full list of dates in CampusGroups

Hosts: Patrice Anderson, Tiarra Mitchell, Shantel Richardson, and Gena Willis (MCAS)
Wednesdays, 12:30-2 p.m.

Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join Counseling and Psychological Services therapists, Patrice Anderson, LMHC, Tiarra Mitchell, Psy.D., Shantél Richardson, LMHC, and staff member, Gena Willis from DDI/MCAS for this weekly gathering aimed to give RIT Students a safe space to process feelings, thoughts, and ideas. Sessions will include topics and crafts regarding self-love, painting, vision boards, games, and more!

For more information, contact our Associate Director of Campus Engagement, Kristina Colleluori, at

Faculty and Staff Support

Counseling and Psychological Services clinical staff are available to faculty and staff for consultation while navigating student mental health needs, as well as debriefing to provide support following a critical incident. To request a consultation or debriefing, contact the Counseling and Psychological Services office. 

Clinical staff are also available to provide workshops and presentations to faculty and staff on various topics related to navigating college student mental health. Please request a program here and let us know how we might support you.