Mental Health

Student Health Services provides evaluation, screening and referrals for mental health concerns. Students can call (703-993-2831) or walk-in during open hours to schedule an appointment to talk with a healthcare provider. We work closely with the George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services office.

Some issues that students may want to talk about with a healthcare provider:

  • Feelings of anxiety, panic, depression or sadness about school or life
  • Concerns about sleep (too little or too much sleep)
  • Medications stopped working or not working as well
  • Unusual changes in your normal behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty adjusting to a new routine or environment
  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed
  • Concerns about alcohol use or taking drugs
  • Distress about eating, food, or weight
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others
  • Worries or concerns about a friend or another person’s mental health
  • Interpersonal violence

Mental Health Emergency Numbers

Call 911 for mental health or medical emergency

Protocol After Hours Service via CAPS: 703-993-2380 (follow prompts)

Crisis Text Line: Text 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Sometimes psychological or mental health concerns can have an impact on a student’s physical health and well-being. Stomach pains, headaches, feelings of tiredness, can be an effect of mental health concerns.

About 1 in 5 young adults live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24 (NAMI). Discussing concerns about your mental health with someone is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for support is a sign of strength.

Student Health will work with other Mason offices such as Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of Disability ServicesStudent Support and Advocacy Center, and community specialists to help a student understand the cause of their concern and help get students the support they need to be successful at Mason.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency, seek help immediately. Call 911 for local emergency services, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (741-741) anytime.

Eating Disorders

If you are concerned about unhealthy eating habits for yourself, a friend, or family member, schedule an appointment (703-993-2831) with one of our healthcare providers for information and assistance. An eating disorder may be a way of trying to cope with underlying problems. Food concerns, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem can prevent an individual from achieving their full potential. Unfortunately, some people with eating disorders may not recognize or admit that they have a problem. More awareness, as well as early detection and intervention, are important to prevent problematic behaviors from evolving into more serious conditions that affect one’s psychological and physical well-being.

Additional Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services at Mason 703-993-2380

Active Minds 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

National Eating Disorders Association and phone hotline: 800-931-2237

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

PRS CrisisLink 703-527-4077

Crisis Text Line  741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255