Mental Health

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Mental Health Support

The Office of Student Support is committed to providing resources for our students to maintain a healthy lifestyle specifically in regard to mental health while they are in their respective academic programs.

Wellness Workshops & WeTalk

SMHS students can access educational videos and supplemental material to help manage stress and anxiety for diverse groups of students. Students are invited to submit requests for specific topics and areas to be covered and OSS will make every effort to fulfill them. Workshops are events that cover a specific issue related to mental health and overall wellness led by members of the OSS team. WeTalk are conversational events featuring discussion between members of the OSS team and students.

Recorded Workshops 

February 4, 2021: Managing Stress & Anxiety (Youtube Link)

March 2, 2021: Test Taking Anxiety (Youtube Link)

April 5, 2021: Jump Starting your Academic Life - Fall 2021 (Youtube Link)

Lifestyle to Support Mental Health: Movement (Youtube Link)

Lifestyle to Support Mental Health: Nutrition (Youtube Link)

Lifestyle to Support Mental Health: Support & Belonging (Youtube Link)

Lifestyle to Support Mental Health: Stress & Sleep (Youtube Link)

Support Groups

Support groups are available to SMHS students including a Grief and Loss support group as well as WeTalk and Let's Chat. OSS is always looking to develop new support resources for our students, so please contact us if you are interested in starting a new support group.

WeChat: group conversations with counselors and other students to discuss similar concerns (e.g., anxiety, feelings of isolation, etc.)

Let's Chat: one-on-one opportunities to speak with a counselor at GW. Typically offered in 15-minute increments during the lunch hour.

Stress and Wellness Management 

OSS staff will provide an introduction on basic techniques regarding managing stress and wellness principles that include sleep, nutrition, and exercise. During personal advising sessions, OSS staff will share additional resources that students may find useful. It should be noted that these are not therapy sessions and students should only expect to learn basic techniques on how to cope with anxiety and stress. For ongoing treatment a referral to Colonial Health and/or Talkspace will be recommended.


As educators of our future health care professionals we know how important mental health is and therefore are pleased to offer all SMHS students a free subscription to Talkspace, a text-based counseling service. In addition to text-based communication, all SMHS students have access to four video sessions per month. Via a special algorithm, you will be matched with a therapist that suits you and your needs. 

To register, go to and input your GW email address. After you are registered and matched with your therapist you have the opportunity to schedule an optional 10-minute live video introduction session. Moving forward you can send text, video, and picture messages to your therapist who will respond in a similar fashion. 

*If you registered with Talkspace prior to February 2021 you may need to email partners- to be switched over to the new plan which includes the 4 video sessions per month. 

For additional details on how you may benefit from this service, please visit the Talkspace FAQ page.

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency or thoughts of suicide, do not wait for your therapist to respond: call 911 (Emergency Services), 202-994-5300 (Colonial Health Center), or these other resource numbers

Colonial Health Center

The GW Colonial Health Center supports mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success. Their counselors provide a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment for students to discuss concerns. They are committed to respecting and promoting the value of diversity at the university, as well as providing culturally sensitive counseling and psychological services to the GW community. More information can be found on their website.