Student Mental Health & Counseling Services

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MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services works directly with students to understand and solve problems. Give us a call. Visits are confidential and easy to arrange.

Student Mental Health at MIT

When should you give us a call? What can we do? Learn how MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services can help you.

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First time with Student Mental Health and Counseling? Use our online system to select a time when we can call you back to help you schedule your first appointment.

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Group counseling

MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services offers a variety of support, discussion, and skill-based groups for MIT Students.


MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health and Counseling Services works with students to identify, understand, and solve problems, and to help transform that understanding into positive action.

Student Mental Health and Counseling Services is available for telehealth visits* and in-person appointments. We see nearly 21 percent of the student body each year, and about 29 percent of students in a given class by the time they graduate. We can provide:

*Because some states have laws restricting the provision of telehealth services across state lines, MIT Medical’s telehealth services are available only to patients who are physically located in Massachusetts at the time of the appointment.

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MIT Medical’s Student Mental Health & Counseling Services is fully accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). IACS Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review, evaluative process involving a written self-study and the adherence to established standards of practice.

E23, third floor
M-Th, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mental health clinicians are available 24-hours a day for urgent matters.

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Resources & Links

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • MIT Medical Student Mental Health and Counseling: 617-253-2916
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Acute Psychiatric Services (APS): 617-726-2994
  • Cambridge Health Alliance: 617-665-1560

On campus

  • Student Support Services (S3)
    Virtual walk-ins: M–F, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 2 p.m.–4 p.m. ET

    S3 can help students who are concerned that they may fall behind on academic work due to personal or medical circumstances. In addition to general support, S3 provides:

    • Advocacy for students at Committee on Academic Performance meetings
    • Communication with faculty regarding excused student work make-ups and/or absences
    • Review and approval of requests for leave and return to MIT
  • GradSupport
    Room 3-138

    Graduate Personal Support staff in the Office of the Dean of Graduate Education can provide advice on a variety of issues, including:

    • Faculty/student relationships
    • Conflict negotiation
    • Academic progress
    • Interpersonal concerns
    • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Employee Support Programs: MIT and MIT Medical offer several support programs to help employees achieve greater physical and mental wellbeing.
    • MyLife Services (formerly known as the MIT Personal Assistance Program) is an employee benefit for faculty, staff, postdoc associates and postdoc fellows, and family members that provides up to four free and confidential counseling sessions per person, per concern, with a licensed mental health professional.


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