Counseling & Mental Health

  • Whether you’re struggling with coursework, experiencing relationship issues, concerned over drinking or drug use or experiencing any other issue, our licensed and trained clinicians can help you navigate the tough times. MSUM Counseling Services is here to help balance the social, emotional and educational pieces of your life.

    We offer free  and  confidential  mental health, alcohol and drug, sexual assault and violence counseling. MSUM Counseling Services offers settings in which students may explore concerns of personal or academics; makes referrals; and serves as a consultant for faculty and staff. Our licensed and trained mental health counselors understand the issues students face and offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment for getting you on track to achieving your personal and academic goals.

    Appointments are recommended; same-day care may be available when needed.

    The MSUM Counseling Center fully supports Safe Space on campus, and we pledge to be confidential, nonjudgmental and supportive contacts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) members of the Minnesota State University Moorhead College community.

    No client information is released to anyone outside the Center, including other college offices, faculty, or parents without clients' written consent. Limits to confidentiality include the following:

    1. Counselors are required by law to report cases of suspected child abuse.
    2. Counselors may disclose information when deemed necessary to protect a client or others from imminent danger.
    3. Information may be released when required by court order.
    4. Counseling Center staff members may share information with each other for the purposes of consultation and training.

    MSUM Counseling Services is open and seeing students face-to-face if they meet and follow the CDC guidelines. If a student is unable to come in for their session, we will provide phone call check-in’s with students. We are working on a plan for counseling via Zoom that will be HIPAA compliant for our students and once that is established sessions will occur through Zoom.

    Student Intake Form

  • We offer free, confidential, short-term mental health counseling to help you address the issues you’re facing. Our staff can also provide referrals for psychiatric services or community resources for students with long-term mental health needs.

    If you have concerns about your own substance use or that of a friend or family member, free and confidential substance-use counseling is just a phone call away. Our licensed addiction counselor provides drug and alcohol assessments, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention services and referral to off-campus resources when necessary.

    We’re committed to a campus environment that is free of sexual or relationship violence. We work closely with community resources that offer free and confidential counseling services for students who are victims or secondary victims of sexual assault and/or relationship violence. Other services include crisis intervention, legal and medical advocacy, support groups and short-term individual or group counseling sessions.

    The university’s CARE Team is a resource that students, faculty and staff can contact if they have concerns over the welfare of a student. These concerns may include depression, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide, disruptive behavior in class, making violent statements or feeling threatened by a student. If you contact the CARE Team, you can expect that your referral will be taken seriously and that the team will respond based on the individual needs of the student and situation. A member of the team may contact you for additional information or clarification about your referral.

    If you are in urgent need of assistance and would like to talk with someone, call one of these 24-hour numbers immediately:

    • FirstLink 24-Hour Crisis and Referral: 701.235.7335
    • 24 Hour Suicide Prevention: 800.273.8255
    • Rape and Abuse Crisis Center: 701.293.7273
    • Veterans Crisis Hotline: 800.838-2838
    • LGBTQ+ Lifeline: 866.488.7386
    • Poison Control: 1.800.222.1222
    • Public Safety Escorts: 218.477.2449
    • Prairie at St. Johns: 701.476.7216

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Counseling Community Outreach Center provides free, professional and confidential counseling services that are open to the Fargo-Moorhead and MSUM campus communities. Counseling services are provided by master’s-level counselors-in-training who are supervised by professional counselors and faculty supervisors.