Mental Health Resources on Campus


Allison Burris

Student Life is home to many of the mental health resources on campus.

Allison Burris, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va.- While midterms are quickly approaching and the chaos of the spring semester is in full swing, it is important that students prioritize their mental health. The college provides an array of resources to give students mental health support.

“I think mental health has become more prominent on campus over the last year, and more people are using the resources on campus now that they are more easily available,” said senior Meghan Bailey.

On the “Student Life” page of myBC, there is a tab for counseling services. This section opens a whole world of educational resources for students to explore.

This section has information about where the counseling center is located, how to make an appointment, contact information for the counselors on campus and additional resources. Unlike in previous years, counseling services now offer one on one appointments as opposed to only group counseling.

“Director of Counseling Services Courtney Zongrone has been a great ally for student-athletes and is open to meeting with teams to speak to specific or general needs,” said Head Coach of Women’s Lacrosse Ashley Hughes.

The page also provides students with external resources around the community. For instant help with stress, they provide a list of different self-help apps for personal devices.

Not only does Bridgewater have counseling services on campus, but there are resources like BC Cares and College Chaplain Robbie Miller.

BC Cares allows students to send in referrals both publicly and anonymously for students who are concerned about another student and if they may be impacted academically or day to day. Additionally, the campus community has access to Miller, who is available to talk to students in need whether spiritually or not.

In addition to resources on campus, Morgan’s Message and Active Minds are student led clubs that help provide a safe space for conversations about mental health.

“The administration has prioritized the mental health conversation, and it seems this is just the beginning of how we continue to support BC students across the board,” said Hughes.