Reed College Health and Counseling (HCC) services are available to evaluate, maintain, and promote general student health so that students may make the most of their education.
The counseling staff includes psychologists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, a case manager, and psychology and psychiatric nurse practitioner interns and residents. The medical staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and a medical assistant. The clinic also supports wellness with a variety of student promoted wellness activities.
Available counseling options
This national election cycle has been a particularly stressful one. The HCC staff want to acknowledge the range of reactions many of our community members are experiencing. You may find yourself within a circle of friends or classmates who do not share the same reactions as you. These interactions may evoke strong emotions and questions and may intensify your reactions.
We are here to listen and support you as our nation works through this election transition. If you are struggling with the personal impact of the election, the tone of the national discussions, or if you are experiencing negative treatment, threats or more subtle forms of oppression because of your race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, country of origin or other aspect of your identity, please schedule an appointment (503/777-7281) or utilize our walk-in services (M-F 3 p.m.).
The HCC provides a safe space for discussions on identity, empowerment, intercultural competency, and the impact of the election. As this is a highly emotional time for our nation, we recommend several strategies to care for yourself and help you remain productive throughout the semester including:
- Acknowledge your feelings: check your emotional state before you engage in conversations. Are you in a space to dialogue?
- Focusing on tasks or events that are in your control
- Connect with friends, family, a community, or safe space to ground and support you
- Focusing on the present and shifting away from the future focus
- Monitor your media use—check your reactions before and after taking in the information; set time limits
- Opt out of unproductive conversations. Pay attention to whether the discussion is going to benefit anyone or just increase your stress level
- Take care of basic needs such as eating, sleeping, drinking water, playing, and laughing. Incorporate activities that recharge you and relax you every day
- Volunteer for an organization that supports your values and interests on (or off campus)
- Report to the College if you have experienced a bias or identity-based violence
- Utilize self-care apps such as Breathe2Relax (iPhone, Android); Mindshift (iPhone, Android); Stop, Breathe, Think (iPhone, Android); Headspace (iPhone, Android); Virtual Hope Box (iPhone, Android)
The HCC is following the development of the spread of Zika virus. The CDC has issued a health alert and a travel advisory for travel to the affected areas.
The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Researchers are studying the possible link between Zika virus infection and microcephaly. For that reason, pregnant women are advised to postpone travel to the affected areas at this time.