Mental Wellbeing

At Rio we recognize the importance of mental health and strive to maintain an environment for every student to feel heard and supported throughout their academic journey. Short-term counseling services are available to all currently enrolled students at no additional charge.

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Counseling services are student led; therefore, we work in collaboration with the student to determine individual needs/barriers and how often sessions occur (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as needed). There are no obligations when signing up for services; if you decide counseling is not for you, you may discontinue services at any time.*

*Discontinuation of services may occur so long as there are no immediate safety concerns. If there are immediate safety concerns regarding harm to yourself or others a referral may be made to appropriate services. 

To make an appointment, learn more about services or offer new ideas for services contact one of our counselors below directly or sent an inquiry email to

Please complete the contact form and attach to email when requesting your first appointment.

Bethany Strickland
Bethany Strickland, LSW
Director of Mental Wellbeing
Madison Howell
Madison Howell, LSW
Licensed Social Worker









Mental Wellbeing is located in the Rhodes Student Center, Suite 227

Hours During Academic Year: Monday - Thursday 8 am - 10 pm, Friday 8 am - 5 pm

Hours During Summer Break: Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm

*We are closed for Holidays as noted in the academic calendar*

Mental Health Resources

Tips to support your mental health and cope with stress:

  1. Drink water
  2. Exercise
  3. Eat healthy foods
  4. Get connected on campus (join a club/organization!)
  5. Meditate
  6. Practice Mindfulness
  7. Deep Breathing

Need help now?

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call/Text 988

Crisis Text Line Text "HOME" to 741741

The Trevor Project Text “START” to 678678

Veterans Crisis Line Text 838255

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy

Under Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity operated by the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College ("Rio Grande"). Title IX ensures equal access to those programs and activities for our students and employees of all gender identities. Rio Grande is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

It is the policy of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College not to discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs, activities, or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Affirmative Action Office of the University and the Community College, (740) 245-7228, or to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College affirms that policies and practices relating to housing, academic and social life, and employment are applied without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, genetic information, gender identity, genetic information, religion, disability, age, marital status, national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, veteran status, political affiliation. or other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local law. Inquiries in this regard should be directed to the President of the University of Rio Grande or Rio Grande Community College.

Title IX Coordinator: Chris Nourse