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Mental Health Counseling for GCC Noncredit Students

Short-Term Confidential Mental Health Counseling for Noncredit Students

Mental Health Counseling Services will be provided remotely by phone and online until further notice. Please call (818) 240-1000 ext. 5055 or 5035 for more information and to book an appointment.
The Garfield Campus offers short-term/confidential mental health counseling to students enrolled in noncredit classes.  If students require further counseling, they are given referrals for other mental health professionals in the community.  Issues typically addressed in the counseling include, but are not limited to the following life challenges:
  • Depression, anxiety, & mood disorders
  • Healthy stress management strategies
  • Relationship challenges
    • With a spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, partner
    • With a child, parent, or sibling
    • With a friend
    • With a co-worker
  • Improving communication skills
  • Improving conflict resolution skills
  • Developing healthy coping strategies
  • Learning how to express emotions in healthy ways (e.g., anger management)
  • Coping with unemployment
  • Coping with loss of loved ones
  • Adjusting to being a student again after a long period of time
  • Improving learning/study strategies
  • Challenges with attention, concentration & memory
  • Becoming more assertive
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improving sleep
  • Improving organization skills (at work, school, & home)
  • Improving time management skills
  • Adjusting to changes related to different phases of life

Students interested in scheduling an appointment for mental health counseling can go to the Mariposa Building, Room 221 (MP221) and request an appointment.  An office staff member will ask for your student ID number in order to verify that you are an enrolled noncredit student.  Students can also make an appointment by phone by calling 818-240-1000 ext. 5035 or ext. 5055.




Suicide Prevention Hotlines:

In the event of a mental health related crisis/emergency, dial 911 or go directly to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room.

  National Suicide Prevention            Lifeline: 

 800-273-TALK (8255) 

  Nat. Suicide Prev. Lifeline –            Deaf/Hard of        Hearing: 800-799-4889 
  Nacional de Prevención del              Suicidio:   


  Veterans Crisis Line:  800-273-8255
  Trevor Lifeline – LGBTQ:  866-488-7386 
  Suicide Prevention Center:       877-727-4747 
  Department of Mental Health          Access/Crisis Line: 800-854-7771 
  24-Hour Crisis Text Line:           Text “COURAGE” To: 741741 
  CA Community Colleges Health &    Wellness: wellness-for-students/ 



When should I call a Suicide Prevention Hotline? (Information below is fromthe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.)

No matter what problems you are dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, call a Suicide Prevention Hotline.  People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness, to name a few.


Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life.


Suicide is Preventable.


Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives.  Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.


Know the Risk Factors for Suicide

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)


Know the Warning Signs

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings


What to Do

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, drugs, alcohol, sharp objects or any objects that could be used in an attempt
  • For life threatening emergencies or immediate response, call 911
  • Contact one of the above-listed crisis numbers


Margaret Mansour

Dr. Margaret Mansour is the mental health counselor at the GCC Garfield Campus

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