Amherst College shifted to remote learning during Spring 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, and the Counseling Center is responding to these changes by updating our services. We will be posting information for the Amherst community on this page as we develop our responses and additional resources for students, staff, and faculty. For more information on the College's overall response to COVID-19, click here.

Services for Students

We're eager to help and support you during this time. We're offering online counseling sessions, consultations on accessing mental health care in your area, and medication management. Our services currently differ depending on whether you're on-campus, residing elsewhere in Massachusetts, or residing out-of-state and abroad. If you're not sure what you need, give us a call (413-542-2354) or email ( and we'll point you in the right direction. Click for more details about our services and eligibility during COVID-19.

Support Groups

RELEASE: Mondays 3pm - 4pm EST, via Zoom — Will resume in Fall 2020

A gathering for students to connect with each other and discuss our experiences around racial identity development, racism, resilience, and ways to thrive at Amherst College. Facilitated by Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

REAL TALK: Tuesdays, 12pm - 1pm via Zoom — Will resume in Fall 2020
Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Drs. Darien McFadden & Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion space centering conversations related to being LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.
For accessibility needs or concerns, please contact or 413.542.5964

WellConnection TeleHealth

For students on the Amherst College Student Health Insurance Plan, WellConnection is a tele-health service available through BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts. Services are available to you regardless of your location.

Online Resources and Self-Help

We've collected useful articles and tips for managing stress and maintaining emotional health during this time of uncertainty and disrupted lives. Students also have access to SilverCloud, an online mental health treatment platform where you can take lessons on managing anxiety, depression, and other common mental health topics.

Finding a Therapist in your Community

We're recommending that students who are off-campus try to find mental health services in their local communities. Local therapists may be more likely to offer regular care at this time, and will probably have more information about other resources and supports in your area. Click to learn more.

Other Amherst College Resources

Resources for Students

Office of Student Affairs
202 Converse Hall // 413-542-2337 //

Student Health Services
Keefe Health Center // 413-542-2267 //

Counseling Center
Scott House and Hitchcock House // 413-542-2354 //

Resources for Faculty/Staff

Employee Assistance Program — Wellness Corporation
(800) 828-6025

Department of Human Resources
Suite 200, 79 South Pleasant Street // 413-542-2372