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Mental Health Awareness

Mission statement: We believe that good mental health and personal well-being of graduate students in the Biology Department is essential to building a supportive, productive, and open community. We also acknowledge that graduate school can be one of the most challenging periods of an academic career and of life. Many data show that mental health in graduate school is demonstrably poor and that the same stigma about mental health problems that is present nationally is also present in academia. We are striving to improve the quality of the graduate school experience in the Biology Department by making information about the mental health resources available to graduate students easily accessible. We also strive to break down stigma that causes barriers to discussion and mediation of mental health problems.


Subscribe to the wellness list-serv: 

Email with the following message:

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Short-term counseling through the Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) on campus:

  • Most students will be seen for 1-6 sessions
  • You must attend a “Triage” appointment before beginning individual therapy


Groups and Workshops through the CWC on campus:

Counseling through Alachua County:

  • “These services are staffed by graduate level practicum and intern students, adjunct (unpaid) counselors who are often post master’s level individuals seeking experience toward licensure in a mental health area and the clinical staff of the center. To make an appointment, call the Crisis Line (264-6789) or Business Line (264-6785) anytime.” – from Crisis Center Website


Psychiatry through the CWC on campus:

  • You must attend a “Triage” appointment before beginning individual therapy


Psychiatry/Therapy through GatorGradCare:

  • Select plan “BlueOptions” under “Health Plans” on the drop down menu


Psychiatry/Therapy through GatorGradCare:


Text messaging therapy for Graduate Assistants:

  • This is a service that is covered by the GatorGradCare health insurance plan


Crisis Services :

On campus:

Off campus:


Numbers Available 24/7:

  1. Crisis Line (Alachua County):  352-264-6789
  2.  National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE    (1-800-784-2433)
  3.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)