Start the Year Off Right – Hints from ULifeline

Whether you’ve been preparing to go back to school for weeks or you’re a last minute packer, it’s time to head to campus. These wellness tips will help you start the school year off right.
1. Stay Focused: Summer is a good time to relax and recharge – but after a few months in the sun, it’s helpful to refocus on what you want to get out of your education. Reflect on what your college education means to you, and how it helps you to achieve your potential. This will allow you to return to school with a fresh and newly energized mindset.
2. Get Mentally and Physically Prepared: The school grind can be tough. Loads of work and socializing can put your mind and body under pressure. Clear you mind and stay centered by exercising, getting enough sleep, and eating well.
3. Set Achievable Goals: It’s easy to get bogged down with work and other obligations. Setting goals can help you manage your priorities when the school year starts. Whether it’s to join more clubs, get involved with a charity, go for a walk every day or take advantage of your professor’s office hours, specific goals will help make the school year more productive.
4. Create Good Habits: Good habits (like getting to bed earlier or limiting your hours of screen time) can do wonders for your well-being. Establishing good habits at the beginning of the school year will help you to start off on the right foot and maintain them moving forward.
5. Don’t Overthink It: Be confident in your preparation and your abilities as a student. Try not to get too caught up in worrying about your grades or how much other students may be doing compared to you. Instead, put trust in yourself that you will be fine and are capable of navigating challenges that may come your way.
Remember, if you are concerned about yourself or a friend, please speak up and ask for help. Reach out to a counselor or advisor on your campus. You can always text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for support.
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NOVACares in NOVA Quick Facts!

NOVACares in NOVA Quick Facts!

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Openings for Mental Health Counseling for NOVA Students Without Insurance

Access Hope has openings for Individual Therapy for students without insurance for mental health counseling. Please refer students to the Academic Counseling Center on each campus for screening.  Students please consult a counselor for more information.

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Now you can make a donation to help support NOVA Sexual Assault Services!

NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) is a program operated under the NOVACares Office at Northern Virginia Community College. Its mission is to address the issues of sexual assault, stalking, and dating/partner violence by providing confidential support and services to our college victims and their significant others, as well as to provide educational outreach to the entire college community. If you would like to donate to this program, please go to:, go to ‘make a gift’ and you will be able to submit a credit card donation. The title of the account is ‘NOVA Sexual Assault Services.’ The SAS account number is 11-0523. Thank you very much for assisting us provide assistance to those impacted by these issues.

Questions? Contact….

Connie J. Kirkland, MA
National Certified Counselor
Director, Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior
Northern Virginia Community College
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 306
Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796
Phone: 703.323.2136
Cell: 571.422.5339
Fax: 703.323.3764

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NOVA Students: Coping Skills Group Has Openings!

NOVA students juggle all kinds of stresses and obligations, from succeeding academically to fitting in socially to managing financial and family pressures. Fortunately, a coping skills group that will focus on the skills, information, resources, and support you need will be starting at the Alexandria campus in June. The group will be limited to 10 students and guided by an experienced facilitator. This is a free service provided through Access Hope.

For more information, please contact Grace Gray, MSW, at 703-281-4928 ext. 424 or

First Meeting:
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Where: NOVA’s Women Center
5000 Dawes Avenue Alexandria, VA 22311-5097
Bisdorf Building

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LO Campus -Psych Spring Festival

Todd Psych Fair Flyer -Updated- Letter Size

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The Sexual Assault Awareness Benefit Concert – April 16th 7:30-10PM, AN CE BLDG

SGA concert poster and sign

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3rd Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March – April 21st 6:30 PM LO Campus

Take Back the Night Flyer - April 2015     Take Back the Night Flyer – April 2015

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Theatrical Performance: “I Dream Before I Take the Stand” WO Campus, Wed. March 16th: Two Shows: 12:30 PM and 6:30 PM


Come join NOVA SAS  for:

“I Dream Before I Take the Stand”!

A theatrical performance followed by a moderated forum on sexual assault. Wednesday, March 18th, 12:30 pm & 6:30 pm.  NOVA Woodbridge Campus at the Lakeside Theatre.  FREE admission.

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NOVA SAS and NOVA Police Collect Items for Local Domestic Violence Shelters

March 12, 2015

NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) and NOVA Police Department conducted a donation drive from January 26th through March 6th. Items, to include cleaning, hygiene, and household products, were collected in support of two Domestic Violence Shelters in Northern Virginia. Over 500 items were collected and distributed accordingly. NOVA SAS and NOVA Police thank everyone who donated and helped make a difference in the lives of individuals experiencing domestic violence. For more information or to contact NOVA SAS for assistance, call our 24-hour cell at 703.338.0834 or by email   at

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