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Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

  • Expression of emotions
  • Stress management
  • Assertiveness
  • Intimacy
  • Balance between interdependency and independence

All people experience a range of challenges in our lives that can result in significant stress, mood changes, excessive worry, problems with eating and/or sleeping, and other symptoms of mental distress.  Colorado College encourages anyone experiencing distress to utilize campus and community resources which are available and effective:

Campus Offices:

CC Counseling Center and Psychological Services:  719-389-6093

The Counseling Center is dedicated to supporting the educational mission of The Colorado College by providing professional mental health services to students.  The Counseling Center conducts substance use evaluations, provides substance abuse treatment, runs groups focused on substance use, and provides referrals for students seeking therapeutic services off-campus.  The Counseling Center is available to all CC students.  There is no fee for the first six sessions of counseling. 24/7 Safety Contact:  Access crisis and support services after hours and on the weekends by calling the Counseling Center at 719-389-6093, and then pressing 2

CC Chaplains:  719-389-6638

The Chaplains’ Office fosters the life of the spirit by inviting authentic spiritual exploration and meaningful religious commitment.  Supporting the human quest for identity and belonging, they cultivate an education of the heart to enrich the life of the mind at CC.  They offer confidential support.

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator:  719-227-8101

The SARC is a staff member, experienced in working with victims of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence/domestic violence/dating violence, stalking, and gender bias motivated behaviors and serves as the initial and confidential point of contact for individuals who want assistance from the College in handling their situation.  24/7 Safety Contact:  There is always an Advocate On-Call who can be accessed after hours at 719-602-0960

Wellness Resource Center:  719-389-6211

The Wellness Resource Center works to create an environment which nurtures the development of the whole person and empowers individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.  We work to coordinate and integrate campus-wide efforts to promote health and prevent health problems, including mental health and substance abuse issues, and creating a trauma-informed, compassionate community.  We can help connect students to mental health resources, as well as to prevention and health promotion programming. 

The Butler Center:  719-389-6338

The Butler Center, named for one of the earliest African American alums who invested in the future of CC, serves as the hub of diversity, inclusion, intercultural exchange, equity, and empowerment for the entire Colorado College community. All staff at The Butler Center can support students experiencing inequity, harassment or discrimination.  The Gender and Identity Development Specialist supports students’ identity development with an emphasis on gender and sexuality, and serves as a confidential campus resource under Title IX. 

Campus Student Groups:

GROW:  this student-run group meets every Monday at 8pm in Sacred Grounds to offer support, information and referrals, and raise awareness of mental health issues on campus.

NAMI on Campus:  this student-run group is dedicated to raising mental health awareness among college students, on the peer level.

SASS:  this student-run group is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual and relationship violence, and to educating the community about healthy sexual and relationship engagement.

The Healing Project:  a peer-facilitated support group for survivors of sexual assault that addresses the dynamic and ongoing process of trauma and healing.

Community & National Safety Contacts:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-8255 (TALK)

Pikes Peak Mental Health:  719-635-7000

Suicide Prevention Partnership of the Pikes Peak Region:  719-596-5433 (LIFE)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Colorado Springs Service office:  719-573-5020

Pikes Peak Area Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Helpline:  719-637-1580

Springs Recovery Connection: 719-367-3292

TESSA (Colorado Springs’ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency) Hotline:  719-633-3819

RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) Hotline:  800-656-4673 (HOPE)

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The Wellness Resource Center will be offering Mental Health First Aid Courses periodically throughout each academic year.  Contact hhorton@coloradocollege.edu for more info. 

Mental Health First Aid is an extension of the concept of first aid in which members of a community are taught how to respond in a mental health emergency and to offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.  This Mental Health First Aid course is an interactive program which introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds an understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Participants will learn:

    • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including:  depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
    • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities.
    • The evidence-based professional, peer, social and self-help resources available to someone with a mental health problem.
    • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, select and implement appropriate interventions and help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care.