Mental Health & Wellness

Services include crisis counseling, short-term individual counseling support and referral resources. All services are free and confidential.

How to recognize that you are in crisis:

A crisis is an urgent concern that requires immediate assistance. You may be in crisis, if:

  • You’re feeling overwhelmed
  • You’re having difficulty coping and managing emotions
  • You are overly anxious
  • Your thoughts are racing out of control
  • You are feeling unsafe
  • Your usual problem-solving strategies are just not working at this time

If you find yourself experiencing any of the feelings above, please email Dr. Ruth Gonzalez, PhD, rgonzalez@nwcc.edu

If you are NOT in a crisis or facing an emergency but have a personal concern that requires further discussion, please call 860-738-3615 (voicemails being retrieved remotely and answered), or schedule an online appointment here: Services & Resources .

Free Mental Health Screening

Northwestern is committed to the overall health of our students. As a service, Northwestern provides access to a free and anonymous screening tool for mental health-related issues, including alcohol use, suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety, bipolar and eating disorders.

The results of the screening are completely anonymous and made available only to the participant. This resource is provided to assist students to determine if a consultation with a mental health counselor would be helpful.

To access the screening tool, visit www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/nwcc

Additional Mental Health Resources

Call Connecticut’s Young Adult Warmline
Developed by JoinRiseBe at Advocacy Unlimited to connect young people to community resources, motivate peers to move forward, and inspire hope by demonstrating the positive outcomes of recovery. Call 1-855-6-HopeNow to speak with a young person who can guide you towards wellness. Available 7 days a week from 12 noon-9 p.m.


Young Adult Warmline (local Warmline)
https://www.joinrisebe.org (Opens new window)


Call or text a trained crisis counselor to talk:                                                                                               

Contact Mobile Crisis Services
Mobile crisis is a FREE, confidential service to help people having an emotional or behavioral crisis. You can talk with a therapist, or they can send someone to meet you wherever you are. They can even take you to the hospital if that would be best.

  • In Connecticut, you can call 211—the InfoLine—to reach Mobile Crisis services. Just dial 1 to speak directly to a Child Guidance crisis counselor; if you’re over 18, ask them for the number of the nearest adult mobile crisis team.
  • You can always call 911 anywhere in the US or Canada. It’s worth asking if you can talk to someone with Crisis Intervention Training (“CIT”).