The NOVACares Office is proud to announce that the NOVACares Mental Health Provider Search Database (“NOVACARES Counseling Referral System”) has been upgraded and updated for a more productive search for local mental health providers. The NOVACares Office has personally contacted the 157 providers, as of this writing, in the database to verify their license to practice and requested that they update their profile to include changes in insurances accepted, sliding scale/reduced fees for NOVA, waiting time, accepting new patients, and if they are offering telehealth services. Our listed providers include providers that service Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and beyond. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to use the database to locate providers matching their search criteria. The NOVACares Office is still recruiting providers to be listed in the database and will conduct an extensive outreach campaign over the summer and fall.
To start your search for a mental health provider visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/novacares/index.html
Click on Mental Health Provider Database on the left bar.
NOVACARES COUNSELING REFERRAL SYSTEM
If you are at risk in anyway (e.g., considering suicide or at risk of other physical harm) please dial 9-1-1 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. You may also visit the your nearest emergency room or contact NOVA police at 703-764-5000. If you would like additional non-emergency support for yourself or another student that you are concerned about, please file a NOVACares report at www.nvcc.edu/novacares.
The providers participating in the database supply their own information about their services. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information provided. We are also unable to endorse any particular provider that is listed. It will be important to verify information with the provider that most interests you, including fees and other arrangements. Contact your insurance company if you need to ensure that the clinician you select is a participating provider.
CrisisLink – You Talk, We Listen.
Recognize the Signs of Suicidal Behavior
Things People Might Say…
- “I’m tired of life. I can’t go on.”
- “My family would be better off without me.”
- “Who cares if I’m dead anyway?”
- “I just want out.”
- “I won’t be around much longer.”
- “Soon you won’t have to worry about me.”
- “I wish I were dead.”
- “I’m going to end it all.”
- “I just want to die.”
- “I’m going to kill myself.”
- “If….doesn’t happen, I’m going to kill
Things People Might Do…
- Get a gun or stockpile pills
- Give away prized possessions
- Take more impulsive risks
- Cut themselves or other gestures of self-harm
- Neglect their appearance
- Abuse alcohol and/or drugs
- Isolate themselves/run away/drop out of school
- Show a dramatic change of mood
In Light of Robin Williams’ Passing – Here is some info from Crisis Link on helping those struggling with depression. NOVACares!
Kognito is an FREE interactive training for Faculty and Staff . Through interactive conversation with student avatars, you can practice how to talk to students in distress and how to talk to and support our military students. There is also a training for students on how to identify and talk to their peers who may be at risk.
The links to these trainings are below. The password to participate in these trainings is listed as well. Please note that trainings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please do not wait too long to participate. Feel free to share this training opportunity with anyone you think may benefit.
At-Risk for Faculty & Staff
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At-Risk for Students
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Veterans on Campus
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Announcing a new addition to our team!
Please help us welcome Ms. Negar Ehsani to the NOVACares Team. Ms. Ehsani has accepted the Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Coordinator position. Negar has a Master’s of Social Work from George Mason University. She has experience from her position as Sexual Assault Outreach Specialist at the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic Sexual Violence Services. Negar comes to us with extensive community resource information for accessing community resources and programs in the NOVA area. Negar is bilingual (English and Farsi).
Negar, we are so happy that you have chosen to join the NOVACares team!
The Office of Student Mental Health and Behavior (AKA: NOVACares) is growing again. We welcome our new intern, Ms. Shayla Harris to our team. Shayla will be spending the spring semester with us. Shayla is a Criminology Major at George Mason University.
Counselors are professionals who are available to assist you in your educational career and life planning. They can help you to make effective decisions and to deal with problems that you may be facing while attending the College. Nature of Counseling and Advising Services:
It may be appropriate to meet with a counselor for one or more of the following issues:
- Adjusting to college and managing the new academic environment
- Academic advising and declaring a major
- Disabilities that impair functioning in class
- Temporary personal issues impacting academic performance
- Uncertainty about career or academic major
- Brainstorming strategies to be successful and to effectively manage concerns
- Clarifying program and transfer requirements
- Tools for effective communication and decision-making
Do I Need an Appointment?
In most cases, you can receive services any time through walk-in advising. If you require special services the front desk can help arrange an appointment with a specific counselor.
Mental Health Referrals:
Students who need more intensive or ongoing services should discuss referral options with their counselor. Often students who have health insurance can find reimbursable mental health options in the community. There are also a few options for non-insured students, or for students who do not have mental health coverage on their insurance plans.
Other resources for mental health referrals that you can access include:
- 211 Virginia: Dial 2-1-1 to get referred, or visit
- 24 hour Sexual Assault Services Hotline: 703-338-0834,
Services for our Veterans and their families with on-campus Peer to Peer support and counseling will be provided by We Are Virginia Veterans. Services are free and confidential. Times and dates will be announced. Please direct any inquiries to MaryAnn Raybuck, 703-425-5202 or email@example.com
NOVACares welcomes our new Sexual Assault Services (SAS) Coordinator, Sandy Nagabhushan. Sandy has been trained in psychological, medical, legal and judicial support to assist victims of sexual assault or intimate partner violence. As the SAS Coordinator, she will provide outreach and response to the NOVA community on issues of sexual assault, dating/partner violence, and stalking. Her interest in this field started as an undergraduate student interning at a domestic violence shelter where she learned how to assist and respond to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Her educational background includes psychology, sociology, and completing certification in addictions counseling. At the masters level, she is studying counseling and development with a concentration in community agency counseling. As a peer advocate at George Mason University, she responded to all reports of sexual assault and related issues of stalking and dating partner violence. Sandy has also provided crisis intervention to survivors and education on sexual assault, sexual harassment, and relation-ship violence to the community. She looks forward to serving the NOVA community to promote wellness through education and outreach.
Sandy can be reached at NOVA.SAS@nvcc.edu or 703-338-0834 24 hours a day.