Topics and Resources

Self-help materials are not meant to be a substitute for counseling or therapy, but they can be an excellent source of information to help individuals with mental health concerns or needs.

While we encourage you to view the vast amount of information available online, we cannot fully endorse all the information on these websites. Please feel free to contact the counseling center to schedule an appointment with a counselor at 607-431-4420.

Check this out! The University of Chicago offers an extensive online resource specifically for college students. The Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection includes topics from anger and grief to sleep and wellness.


While it varies among college students’ individual situations, the following reasons are some of the main causes for college student stress:

  • pressure to do well
  • amount of schoolwork
  • social acceptance
  • missing family and friends
  • problems at home
  • peer pressure

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Depression is a common but serious mental illness typically marked by sad or anxious feelings. Most college students occasionally feel sad or anxious, but these emotions usually pass quickly – within a couple of days. Untreated depression lasts for a long time, interferes with day-to-day activities, and is much more than just being “a little down” or “feeling blue.”

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Anxiety is characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure, sweating, or trembling. People with anxiety disorders may avoid certain situations out of worry.

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Romantic Relationships

Love is the one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. For most people, romantic relationships are one of the most meaningful elements in their lives. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not instinctive. Almost all of us have experienced a failed relationship, and most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.

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Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment

Sexual Assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Sexual harassment consists of any unwanted verbal, nonverbal or physical attention, or contact that is sexual in nature.

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Body Image

Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind. Our image of our body plays a major role in how we feel, what we do, who we meet, who we date, and what career path we choose.

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drug abuse, dependence, and addiction – what’s it all mean? Drug abuse can lead to dependence or addiction. Drug abuse is the recurrent use of drugs with negative consequences (problems in school, work, home, relationships, or with the law). Drug dependence is when a person needs a drug to function normally. Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance (physical and psychological), despite its negative or dangerous effects.

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Sexuality is more than sex. It often involves four main components: sexual health, intimacy and relationships, sensuality, and gender/sexual identity.

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  • Sex, Etc.
  • PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Other Useful Websites

For additional information on any of the above topics or any other mental health issues, please feel free to consult the counseling staff.


Community Resources

Should a Hartwick student request a referral to an outside provider or require counseling or psychological services beyond those offered by the Counseling Center, counselors will work with the student in identifying community resources which meet his or her needs.

Examples of services beyond those offered at the Counseling Center include long-term counseling requiring multiple sessions each week, couples/family counseling, counseling for students with eating disorders that require intensive medical, psychiatric and/or nutritional services, extensive drug and alcohol treatment, and other similarly complex services. Students are responsible to follow-up on any referrals they may receive, and the student is responsible for the costs of any outside services.

For a complete guide to local mental health programs and providers, visit the Otsego County Guide To Mental Health Services.

Oneonta Police (24 hours, Call 911)  607-432-1111
Bassett Hospital: Outpatient Psychiatric Services  607-547-3500
Family Planning of Otsego County (Oneonta)  607-432-2252
Violence Intervention Program (VIP)  607-432-4855
Otsego County Chemical Dependencies Clinic  607-431-1030
LEAF Council on Alcoholism/Addictions  607-432-0090
Alcoholics Anonymous: Oneonta, NY
Local AA meetings
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