Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
Dear Members of our Student Community:
One of my chief concerns as your Dean of Students is to make sure your graduate school experience remains on track. Thus, I always encourage students to take care of their mental health along the way.
Graduate school can be a difficult time in a person’s life and either you or your friends may find yourselves struggling in a way you have not struggled before. As reported in Berkeley’s groundbreaking report on stress and mental illness: “Almost half of graduate student respondents reported having had an emotional or stress-related problem over the past year, and over half reported knowing a colleague who had had an emotional or stress related problem over the past year.” This is not surprising as graduate school represents a unique challenge. Students may work at times in greater isolation than ever before. Some have financial struggles or pressure from family members who may, or may not, understand the complexity of graduate life.
I’d like to ask for your help in making this campus a welcoming and safe environment. You may know someone who is currently having difficulties coping. This may be chronic or perhaps a first encounter. If you know someone experiencing mental health challenges, please let them know that CGU students can call on the Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services Center for help. Their services are completely free and confidential.
Don’t be afraid to get involved. Encourage your colleagues to talk to family and friends and/or get professional help. Let them know that people who fight these challenges should be proud of seeking help; it takes courage to do so. And, if they need more time before they are comfortable seeking help, I ask that you be patient and supportive.
Please let your friends know that I too am always ready to begin such a conversation.
The Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
is a resource for all Claremont University Consortium students who feel they may need help with mental health and wellness issues. The Center’s staff is made up of well-trained psychologists, psychiatrists, and post-doctoral and intern therapists who can offer support for a range of psychological issues in a confidential and safe environment.
Each year approximately 14% of all students at the Claremont Colleges go to the Counseling Center for help. Below is a list with some of the concerns that students often experience:
Previous psychiatric treatment
Suicidal thoughts or feelings
Difficult transition to college
The Counseling Center provides a range of services to fit individual’s needs: