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Be Kind to Your Mind

It's okay to not be okay!

Metropolitan Community College understands that when talking about student wellness, mental health must also be included in the discussion. Promoting and fostering mental wellness has been shown to improve academic performance and increase graduation rates.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Students do not have to face these challenges alone, and the college community has resources and programming, both in the community and on campus, to help students get and stay mentally healthy.

Free short-term counseling available for enrolled MCC students

MCC is a part of the GO Network, a partnership between MCC, UNO and UNMC to enhance student support within our institutions. MCC and UNO have a partnership to provide MCC students with free and confidential mental health support through UNO's Counseling services. Students can be seen by UNO counselors for any number of concerns, including stress management; time management; depression; anxiety; distress related to a life event such as beginning college, breaking up with a significant other, a death or illness in the family; grief; problems with children; eating disorders; body image concerns; PTSD; etc.

Students can access UNO Counseling services using Reach an MCC Advocacy Counselor to request a referral to UNO and/or other community agencies/resources.

Crisis Hotlines

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call, text or chat 24 hours a day:
If this is an emergency, please call 911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • (800) 273-8255
  • (888) 628-9454 (Spanish)
  • (800) 799-4889 (Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Nebraska Family Helpline

  • 1-888-866-8660 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Crisis Text Line

  • Text HELLO to 741741

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • (800) 799-7233

Veterans Crisis Line

  • (800) 273-8255

BoysTown Hotline

  • 1-800-448-3000 or text "VOICE" to 20121 (free resource and counseling service)

Women's Center for Advancement Hotline:

  • 402-346-7273 – offers 24/7 support and services for individuals facing domestic or dating violence, and victims of sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

Free Online Mental Health Screenings Tools

Mental health screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. They are educational, not diagnostic.

Please note that these are meant as SCREENING tools only. They cannot adequately address the complex variables involved in an accurate diagnosis, and cannot substitute for the confirmation and assistance of a trained professional. Should you take one of these assessments and find that it indicates a potential problem, please make an appointment with an MCC Advocacy Counselor for assistance and referral to community resources, or directly contact a licensed counselor, a psychologist, or a medical doctor. Consider printing out a copy of the assessment to take with you to your appointment.

FREE activities to benefit mental health & overall wellness

Suicide Preventiion Resources – How to Help

Suicide Prevention

The following links provide some very good information about preventing suicide, warning signs and how to access help, but no web search can be a substitute for getting help from a caring trained professional. This is true whether you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. The MCC advocacy counselors are available to consult with all students, faculty, and staff at Metropolitan Community College to help consider the best ways to assist someone who is distressed, given the uniqueness of each person and their circumstances.

That said, here are some websites we trust to provide thorough and accurate guidance to those concerned about suicidal feelings and behaviors.

Suicide: Read This First

This is an excellent resource for persons experiencing suicidal thoughts. It is a compelling, well-written site that offers a variety of alternatives to suicide and strategies for increasing effective coping.

Reach Out: Ways to Help a Loved One at Risk of Suicide

If you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, here are some ways to help.

Forefront Suicide Prevention

Forefront is considered a leader in suicide prevention. The site includes tips for how to make your home safer, relevant data, and info on policy and advocacy. There is also a video collection designed to provide comfort, education, and tools for those touched by suicide and mental illness. Forefront also offers free suicide prevention training.

The Jed Foundation

This site includes lots of resources specifically developed for a college population. The Jed Foundation includes self-evaluations and links to other resources.

American Association of Suicidology

An organization of persons focused on suicide including researchers, clinicians, preventionists, crisis workers and survivors of suicide. This site provides statistics, basic information on how to intervene with a suicidal person, and phone numbers for local agencies.