Mental Health Resources


Resources at Yale

Please know that you are not alone as you deal with problems affecting your mental health or emotional well-being. Reach out to the Office of Student Affairs or any of the other university-based resources below. We want to work together to meet your needs and preserve your confidentiality. We also list important hotlines and national resources as well. 

Office of Student Affairs

OSA is available to help you with personal and academic advising, counseling, and referrals. The Ofice of Student Affairs is located on the Mezzanine Level of Ruttenberg Hall in Suite M85. You can call us at +1-203-7646, or email at osa@yale.edu

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Ellen Cosgrove

ellen.cosgrove@yale.edu

+1-203-432-7646

Director of Student Affairs  Chloe Bush

chloe.bush@yale.edu

+1-203-432-7979

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Yaseen Eldik

yaseen.eldik@yale.edu

+1-203-432-7979

Assistant Director of Student Affairs  Cat Kirchhoff

cat.kirchhoff@yale.edu

+1-203-432-6305

Yale Mental Health & Counseling (MHC)

MHC is located at 55 Lock Street, 3rd Floor. MHC provides short-term therapy individualized to the students' personal situation. Their psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers are skilled in diverse treatment approaches. 

Acute Care appointments are available 24/7 by calling 203-432-0290 M-F 8:30-5 or 203-432-0123 after hours. 

Finding a Therapist

To get started with finding a therapist (which can take up to a few weeks), you should call Yale Mental Health & Counseling at 203-432-0290 between 8:30-5pm to schedule an intake. Intakes can happen over phone or video and take about 45 minutes. During the intake, it will be determined if it makes sense to offer you the option of either an in-house therapist (limited to academic year; once every other week or so) or one in the Magellan network (around the year; once a week).  

For non-acute matters, you should expect to be scheduled for your initial intake interview with a therapist within a few days and a follow-up appointment within 2-3 weeks. Waits peak around the start of the terms and exams. MHC prioritizes more urgent cases based on the phone call and initial intake so do not minimize your distress. 

If during the wait for an appointment, your situation begins to worsen, you have a few options: 

  • Contact an on-call clinician 24 hours per day (daytime: 203-432-0290) and after hours through Acute Care (203-432-0123)
  • Contact your intake therapist to explain that you are in distress. That therapist can refer you for an earlier appointment. 
  • Consider group therapy (including CBT for anxiety, grief/loss, DBT for coping skills, making peace with food, LGBTQ, WOC) which can generally be scheduled more quickly. See www.yalehealth.yale.edu/grouptherapy for more information. To sign up for a support group, you should call MHC at 203-432-0290 between 8:30-5pm for an intake and express your interest in a group.  

If you are uncomfortable waiting, please speak to wellness counselor Catherine Banson or Dean Cosgrove who are happy to contact MHC on your behalf. 

If you are referred out to a therapist in the community through Magellan, MHC has to enter you into the Magellan system. Once that is complete (usually within a week of intake) you then call Magellan (800-327-9228) for an authorization code to give the Magellan therapist (including out of state). Magellan can recommend providers, or you are able to search for a Magellan therapist on your own.   

Searching for a Magellan Provider 

Go to Yale Health’s Behavioral Health page; on the right click on Magellan Health Services; find the Providers pull down menu (second from left) and click on Provider Search; choose Behavioral Health Program and enter zip code 06511 (for YLS) or another zip code and choose a distance; and click other filters (e.g. specialty, race, language etc.) then search.  

If you have trouble finding a therapist with availability, you can call Magellan’s 800 number for them to identify providers with openings in their schedule. You may also contact wellness counselor Catherine Banson for assistance with this process. You can also contact Whitney Randall, clinical psychologist at MHC, (203) 432-0290, whitney.randall@yale.edu.   

In the interim or to explore whether you want to find a therapist, you are welcome to reach out to Catherine Banson, our full-time wellness counselor at catherine.banson@yale.edu.

Chaplain's Office

Yale Religious Ministries is a University council of professional clergy and laypersons representing more than thirty religious and spiritual traditions that constitute an important part of Yale's diversity. These advisers and their groups provide valuable spiritual, moral and cultural support to Yale students regardless of religious affiliation. They are not mandatory reporters.

Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education (SHARE) Center at Yale

SHARE is available to members of the Yale community who are dealing with sexual misconduct of any kind. SHARE responders are Yale University mental health professionals. All calls to SHARE are confidential, and can be anonymous. SHARE is not just a crisis hotline. SHARE assists students who are dealing with acute and recent experiences, as well as experiences from their past. 

Yale LGBTQ+ Office 

The Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Resources can provide advice and support on a number of issues faced by the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the Yale Community

Resources Outside of Yale

Cutting/Self-Injury Web-Based Resources  

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Connecticut provides confidential crisis intervention and referral services to the Connecticut legal community as part of a national system of lawyer assistance programs. You can get up to six confidential free counseling sessions a year on a range of issues including depression, stress, relationship issues, financial programs, and alcohol and substance abuse. 

MA General Hospital Mental Health Resources for BIPOC 

This regularly updated website provides practitioner directories, online support groups and self-guided virtual resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color.  

Mental Health America

Mental Health America is dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with mental illness and promoting everyone’s mental health. You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions and use their guide to living a mentally healthier life. Here’s their guide to finding an anti-racist therapist

The YLS Meditation Toolbox


 

Sign-up for Headspace Access

Don't know what Headspace is? Headspace is an app that teaches you how to meditate. The Headspace app allows you to browse and pick from courses and single meditation sessions to suit your mood and lifestyle. Choose your session, length, replay your favs, and learn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday activities. We ahve limited subscriptions available exclusivley to YLS students. 

Sign-up for Tapping Solution 

In under ten minutes, you can reduce your stress and anxiety by 41% with Tapping. Don't know what EFT Tapping is? Tapping is a mind-body stress management tool used on a variety of issues (anxiety, pain, procrastination, eating, trauma, etc.). The Tapping Soultion App is offering six months of premium membership to all YLS students.

Sign-up for Ten Percent Happier 

With the Ten Percent Happier app, you'll discover guided meditations and practical teachings you can carry anywhere. We have limited subscriptions available exclusivley to YLS students. 


Addition Resources 

American Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Programs
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs offers resources for handling alcoholism, chemical dependencies, stress, depression and other emotional health issues. They also maintain a confidential listerv for recovering law students.

American Bar Association Resources for Law Students and Law Schools

Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP) Podcast on The Path to Law Student Well-Being
The Path to Law Student Well-Being features law students and legal educators discussing relevant issues concerning character and fitness, mental health, and substance use disorders.

Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (COLAP) Podcast on Lawyers' Voices of Recovery
Lawyers’ Voices of Recovery features lawyers sharing their struggles with addiction and other mental health challenges.

One Village Healing
One Village Healing offers free and donation based guided meditations based in the heart of Downtown New Haven.

Law Lifeline
Law Lifeline offers information tailored to a law school student’s emotional health needs, and addresses topics such as depression, anxiety, stress, and chemical dependency.

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
LCL is a lawyer-funded, lawyer-supported resource for members of the Connecticut legal community, including law students. LCL offers information and resources regarding substance abuse, mental health issues, and more.

The Path to Law Student Well-Being: A Podcast Series
"The Path to Law Student Well-Being" is a new podcast serie sponsored by the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.