Mental Health Services
If there is a crisis situation that needs immediate assistance, call the SMC switchboard at (802) 654-2000 and let them know that there is a crisis situation. They will assist you.
Additional resources available 24-hours a day are:
Any medical or mental health emergency: 911 or 988 to speak to a crisis clinician
Howard Center First Call for Chittenden County: (802) 488-7777
Vermont Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741
Ulifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
If you have questions about your mental health and you are interested in taking a screening to give you more information, go to the following link: https://screening.mhanational.org/.
Bergeron Counseling Services
We offer students the following options:
- Scheduled confidential HIPAA approved counseling for 30 or 45 minute appointments.
- Same day/ “drop-in” confidential HIPAA approved counseling for 30 or 45 minute appointments.
To make an appointment: Call Heidi Brodtman at 802-654-2234 or email Hbrodtman@smcvt.edu between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm and she will schedule a time for you to meet with a counselor. If there is something more urgent going on and you need to meet with a counselor the same day, let Heidi know and she can set that up for you.
*Because our services must be available for all students, we cannot commit to regular weekly appointments for all students who want them. We provide mostly short-term, intermittent counseling for our students. If you know that regular weekly counseling is an important part of your self-care plan, we can help you get connected to a provider off campus.
The State of Vermont now allows all mental health providers from other states, who are licensed and in good standing in their state of origin, to provide telehealth services to clients in Vermont.
If you have a counselor that you are already seeing at home, consider continuing to work with them via telehealth as you transition to campus. Continuing with the same counselor you currently have may be helpful to you as you make the transition to college for the first time, or back to college if you are a returning student.
We have launched a new mental health service called TalkCampus. It’s a free-to-download app where you can talk with other students from around the world if you’re struggling and worried about your mental health. Your student email address will give you free access, just download TalkCampus from the app stores.
TalkCampus is anonymous, it isn’t run by us and we won’t be able to see if you are using it, you also won’t be able to see where other students are from. TalkCampus is based around peer support; you can use it if you need some help yourself or you can go on there and listen and support others.
The platform is safe and moderated and is designed as a place where you can just be yourself and talk about how you’re really feeling. Student life can be tough and we know sometimes you might not want to talk to us about how you’re feeling. TalkCampus isn’t a replacement for counseling or professional support however it is a great place to start talking and to make sure that however you’re feeling right now you’re not alone.