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Counseling Services is committed to creating a safe and comfortable environment for all students and aiding the exploration of personal, social, and academic concerns. We provide free confidential counseling, emergency services, psychiatric services, consultations, self-help resources, educational programs, and workshops to help students gain the skills and insights they need to overcome adversity and thrive in their life and learning. In our work, we value students' unique perspectives based on their wide array of backgrounds, varying socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious beliefs, etc.

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Health & Counseling Center
P: (717)337-6960
F: (717)337-6978
M-F 8:30-5:00
Campus Box 424

We believe that good mental health is not the absence of problems – everybody has problems at one time or another. Good mental health does, however, involve the ability to utilize appropriate resources to help resolve these problems. It often takes some courage to step into the unknown, set up and appointment and walk through a psychologist/counselor's door. Often when you feel a need to show how competent you are, it is hard to say, “I need help.” Needing help is normal and healthy and we are often a useful resource when the going gets tough.

Our staff of licensed mental health professionals offers many years of experience and a genuine concern for your well being. If you seek our support you will find a safe confidential place to talk about your concerns.

For more information, browse the rest of our site or call 717-337-6960 to arrange to speak with a counselor.

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Ask the 'Dogtor'


Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. Of those students who are thinking of suicide, two of three will tell someone. It is likely that someone you know is struggling with these issues here at Gettysburg College. Are you ready to help?

Visit Ask, Listen, Refer to complete a 25-30 minute online suicide prevention training program that will teach you to:

  • Recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • Identify people at risk for suicide
  • Respond to, and get help for, people at risk of suicide

***Please be aware that statistics provided as part of this program are based on average responses from groups of people. Your individual experiences may be vastly different. Contact Dr. Katherine Bradley (717.337.6960 or with questions about this program.

For the first two weeks of classes, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on the grassy lawn across from the front of the CUB and to the side of the new Dining Hall, faculty and staff are invited to bring their dogs for play with students. Students who miss home and their pets are welcome to come by for some real "puppy love" and to get to know the folks who are there.

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Complete a screening for
Mental Health

Are you interested in filling out a self-assessment screening for various mental health disorders? Each questionnaire will take 4-5 minutes to complete. You may elect to take more than one screening. The screening is completely anonymous and confidential.

Please note that these screenings are not intended to be used as a substitute for contact with a mental health care professional. Gettysburg College’s Counseling Services staff are available to meet and discuss the results of your mental health screening.

Complete your mental health screening now.