Most of the time we can manage the stress of life's changes. But sometimes, and for certain problems, solutions aren't easy to find. HCC offers free, comprehensive wellness services through the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. Through WellConnect, students, their families, and members of their household have access to one-on-one, 24/7 mental health counseling; legal assistance; budget, debt, and financial counseling; new parent coaching; and numerous other services and resources. One of the benefits of this program is the flexibility it offers students, who are able to access one-on-one counseling at locations and times that are convenient for them.
Students can access WellConnect 24 hours a day, seven days a week by:
- Calling 866.640.4777 (voice/TTY)
- Visiting the WellConnect website (see steps below)
When you're feeling overwhelmed, it can be difficult to start something new - even if it means getting the help you need. WellConnect offers immediate in-the-moment support, as well as giving you the option to set up three free face-to-face or telephonic meetings to discuss your concerns in greater depth. When you call the HCC WellConnect line (866.640.4777) you will talk with a knowledgeable and experienced clinician who can help connect you to the resources you need – no matter what you're dealing with.
Counseling services are offered by Master level, licensed professionals (minimum five years post-graduate experience).
Telephone consultation & coaching
- Assess the student's needs
- Develop an action plan
- Problem-solving coaching
Short-term face-to-face & telephonic counseling
- Three sessions per issue, at no cost for the student
- 24/7 access to a counselor for in-the-moment support
Visit the WellConnect website
To register, please use the following:
Access Code/School Code: HCC-STU
Passphrase: HOLYOKE CC
The student website offers articles, tip sheets, videos, and trainings on a wide range of subjects that may impact you at any given time. The site also includes the College Response online screening program that provides screenings for the following subjects:
- Eating disorders
- Mood disorders
Students in need of support on campus during normal college business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) should come to the Student Affairs office in FR 224 or contact us at 413.552.2390 for immediate assistance. In addition to the services available through WellConnect, HCC offers on-campus programming throughout the year aimed at supporting health, wellness, and academic success.
The telephonic health coaching will assist you in making health related changes and decisions to strengthen your overall well being. A few examples of some of the topics you could learn about are:
- Weight management
- Fitness and exercise
- Smoking cessation
- Chronic conditions
WellConnect provides access to an attorney for free 30-minute consultations by telephone and discounted rates for in-person services when needed. Some of the topics you can expect to find support on are:
- Child custody
- Contract language
Financial issues can leave you feeling stressed. Having someone with whom you can discuss your options can help you feel more in control. This program offers you access to certified financial counselors to help address your financial concerns. Services include:
- Budget and debt
- Tax advice
- Financial planning
- Credit issues
- Identity theft
- And more!
From finding daycare for a toddler to taking care of an aging relative, our specialists will provide you with resources to help you make educated decisions. Some of our most frequent requests include:
- Child/elder care services
- Special needs programs
- Adoption assistance
- Educational programs
- New parent transition program
June 2018: Creating & Maintaining an Environment of Respect
May 2018: Motivation for Maintaining Your Momentum
April 2018: Using Effective Communication
March 2018: Basic Budgeting Tips
February 2018: Beware of Tax Scams
November 2017: Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
October 2017: Beating Procrastination
September 2017: Setting Goals in Motion
August 2017: Respecting & Resolving Differences
July 2017: Improving Resilience
For studying to be successful, you first have to consider your learning environment. Take a look at your favorite places to study. Are they full of temptations and distractions that could sabotage your efforts? Use the following guidelines to improve your study environment:
Keep it simple
Unless you're short on options, it's best to choose a study area that is free of personal electronics (e.g., TV, smart phone, computer, video games, etc.). Otherwise, power down electronics until you're finished all of your work. Powering back on can be your motivation and reward for getting through your study session without caving to temptation. Food can also be a distraction. If studying in an area where food is readily available, stock up on snacks before you hit the books, and bring a limited amount of cash if near a cafeteria, food court or vending machine.
Communicate your intentions
Be sure to let roommates, family, and friends know that you are studying and the amount of time you are planning to study. This way they'll know to keep the volume down if in the same living space, and that you won't be responding to texts, calls or emails during that time.
Get comfortable, but not too comfortable
In order to keep yourself on track, you need to be comfortable but also alert. This means finding an area with a comfortable upright chair, ample surface space for your books and supplies, sufficient lighting, and moderate temperature. Studying in bed or on a couch will often lead to drowsiness and napping. Dim lighting and warm temperatures can also make you feel tired and less alert.
When stress invades your life, it's easy to feel as if it's a constant presence. Stress can interfere with your studies, your relationships, and even your attempts to reduce its impact. Use these stress management tips to take back control of your life so you can keep your focus on or off campus.
HCC students have access to 24/7 counseling services through the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. WellConnect can be reached at any time by calling 866.640.4777 (voice/TTY) or visiting the WellConnect website. We encourage you to visit this site to explore the many resources available. In addition, we offer the following list of self-help resources that may be of interest.
Self Help Resources
There are many excellent resources that can be helpful in managing academic and personal stress. We list just a few below, including the University of Chicago's website, which contains an extensive library of material on study problems, time management, relationship issues, anxiety, substance abuse, and depression.
While this material is valuable, there are times when we need more than reading can provide. If after reading this material you feel you need the help of a qualified professional, please contact the WellConnect Student Assistance Program. WellConnect can be reached at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 866.640.4777 (voice/TTY) or visiting the WellConnect website.
HCC takes no responsibility for damages caused by the use or misuse of the information provided below. By clicking on these links, you understand and agree to this.
Active Minds is a national organization dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness on college campuses. It supports student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy.
Center for Human Development
The CHD Outpatient Behavioral Health Services clinics offer counseling and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families, as well as primary care and wellness programming. CHD has offices in Holyoke, Springfield, West Springfield, Easthampton, and Greenfield.
Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
BHN services include crisis intervention and counseling for residents of Holyoke and Springfield.
Half of Us
Half of Us offers an array of mental health resources for college students. Its website includes extensive videos of real people struggling with issues such as depression, bipolar disorder, eating and anxiety disorders, stress and addiction.
Did you know that you can dial "211" from any phone to connect with a statewide information and referral center? Get more information online.
A program of the Jed Foundation, Ulifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center dedicated to providing college students with information about mental health and suicide prevention.
University of Chicago Resources
A collection of extensive resources for students, on topics that range from alcohol and substance abuse to veteran's services.