Holistic Student Services

We recognize that our students are seeking more than an academic education. It’s about educating the whole student (holistically). It’s about our students learning about themselves, the world and resources (people, services, referrals) available to them as they navigate college and do well, not just academically, but in all aspects of life (home, job, relationships, health, etc.). The holistic approach includes, but is not limited to, support with food insecurity, transportation barriers and housing challenges.

Crises and Counseling Services:

Wanda I. Reyes-Dawes, MS, Counseling (and Crisis Counseling)
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone: 860-512-3206 (Do not only leave a message if your call is regarding student crises)

Therapeutic Support
Contact one of our contracted Licensed Therapists to make an appointment. Therapists may offer in-person and/or virtual therapy sessions based upon varying availability per semester.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call 988 – Veteran’s Crisis Line: Call 988, Option 1
CHR Health and Mobile Crisis Line – Direct 1-877-884-3571
Crisis Text Line – Text CTL to 741741
Trevor Project (Crisis services for LGBTQ Youth): 1-866-488-7386; Text ‘START’ to 678-678
Connecticut Legal Services’ Immigrant Legal Advice Hotline: Call 1-800-798-0671
211 of Connecticut – 211 is CT’s referral service that connects people to essential health and human services including but not limited to, food, housing, mental health, substance use, etc. – Call 211

TimelyCare MD
Currently enrolled students of CT State have access to no-cost telehealth services including TalkNow 24/7 immediate support, health coaching, scheduled counseling and medical services.

Visit TimelyCare FAQ to learn more. Visit TimelyCare to begin your journey.

Additional Resources:

Bus Transportation – CTTransit U-Pass
Community Health Resources (CHR)
Fitness and Exercise – Fitness Center
Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA)
Local HousingFor emergency housing needs, call 211
Nutritional Support/Food Pantry – Cougar Pantry & Career Clothing Closet
Wellness Center

Community Health Resources (CHR)
CHR provides a range of personalized, effective behavioral health treatments for the Manchester Community College community. Services are available through the convenience of telehealth as well as in-person care.

CHR services include:
Outpatient therapy for individuals and families, including Intensive Outpatient programs
Open Access hours to ensure that you can start treatment quickly
Gold-standard treatments for substance use disorders, including Medication Assisted Treatments for opioid use addiction

For free coaching to help with stress, call CHR’s Hero Hotline at 888-217-HERO.

Greater Hartford Legal Aid (GHLA)
GHLA Legal Aides are available for students by on-campus appointments every 1st Wednesday and 1st Friday of each month. Contact T.J. Barber, Campus Associate Dean of Student Development, 860-512-3203 to make an appointment.