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Professor Cassandra Johnson
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. At Essex County College, the mental health of students is a 12-month commitment.
“Mental health matters. Academic success intertwines with both a person’s physical and mental health. So, if a student is experiencing stress, is anxious, depressed or having a mental health crisis, we are here for you,” said Mental Health Counselor Cassandra Johnson, a professor in the College’s Office of Student Development & Counseling.
She said the College has partnered with Uwill a Tele-Mental Health agency for students who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. Students can call 1800-646-1526 to reach a mental health provider 24/7/365 free of charge.
The College has also partnered with several Essex County agencies for students who are not comfortable with telehealth counseling. The in-person service is free of charge, whether or not a student has insurance, she said.
“Students can meet with our ECC counselors at both the Newark campus and our new West Essex campus, opening for the Fall 2023 Semester. We are here to talk, help and offer referrals, when necessary,” Professor Johnson said. Counselors are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The counselors are in Room 4122 at the Newark campus.
“Our goal is to provide our students with insightful therapy to help them reach their social, emotional, as well as psychological well-being. In that way, they will be better empowered and able to achieve their academic goals,” she said.
Professor Johnson can be contacted at [email protected] or 973-877-3184.