Cottey College Counseling Services is committed to fostering the growth and development of Cottey students. By providing mental health services in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment, the counseling staff strives to help students acquire the skills, attitudes, and insights that will enable them to meet the challenges of life in an academic community. The counseling staff encourages personal, campus, and community responsibility and promotes the wellness of the whole student: emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, and occupational.
The Counseling Office provides students with an opportunity to explore their concerns and problems with a clinical therapist in a confidential setting. The counselors are available to all students during the academic calendar year. The college years are times of accelerated growth, significant challenges, and considerable stress. Students come to counseling with problems including interpersonal conflicts, anxiety, homesickness, family problems and the following:
- depression and suicide
- eating disorders
- alcohol and drug issues
- Tobacco Cessation Resources
- emotional wellness
The Counseling Office is located on the second floor of Hinkhouse Center in the Student Life Center and is designed to offer counseling services and programs to assist students in realizing their potential in all aspects of college life. Two professionally- trained counselors are available to provide counseling services including confidential short-term individual counseling for students experiencing personal, academic, or adjustment problems. The Counseling Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Shaun West at ext. 2157. Please indicate if your needs are urgent to obtain immediate assistance. In case of emergency, call the Counseling Office at extension 2157 during work hours. After hours, call your hall director, resident assistant, or peer listener to arrange for emergency counseling services.
Jeanna Brauer, Shaun West, and Sandy McGatha
Cottey College does provide alcohol and drug assessment and counseling for those individuals who are in need of assistance. If you are a student, please call Shaun West at ext. 2157 to make a confidential appointment with a member of the Cottey counseling staff. Following assessment, further treatment recommendations will be made if indicated. The information is kept confidential, and students may seek assistance without any repercussions. Faculty, administration, and staff may call Betsy McReynolds at ext. 2103 for further information. Student and staff involvement has continued to be an important key in reaching our goal of early identification and intervention to assist students and employees experiencing alcohol and drug problems. Hard copy of the policy is available by contacting Shaun West at ext. 2157.
Links to Other Resources
Depression and Suicide
The following links provide information and resources including signs, symptoms, and treatment options for depression and suicide.
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
The National Institute of Mental Health
Protection for Life-A Guide to Suicide Awareness & Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
National Eating Disorders Association is dedicated to increasing the awareness and prevention of eating disorders with education of signs, symptoms and treatment of eating disorders.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
ProjectKnow Understanding Addiction
Resources from the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center
College drinking-changing the culture; alcohol related facts
Alcohol screening tool
The Bacchus network health education with alcohol prevention and awareness information
Tobacco Cessation Resources
Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Smoking & Tobacco Use http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/
American Cancer Society | Great American Smokeout
The Missouri Tobacco Quitline
American Pyschiatric Association mental health resources.
An on-line resource center for college mental health and emotional well being.
This site provides tools for a successful college career, including healthy eating, anxiety, mental health, relationship abuse, smoking, and other health topics
National Alliance on Mental Illness - mental health education and resources
Whether you need help picking a school that is the best fit, are looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or want guidance in making a smooth transition for a student dealing with an issue like depression, this site has the tools and information you need. The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.