Rush University Counseling Center

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the following:
Northwestern Memorial Hospital psychiatric emergency line:  (312) 926-8100

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
LGBTQ suicide hotline: (800) 488-7386

Feeling stressed is common — especially when you are juggling the demands of academics, work and relationships. Asking for help may lead to personal growth and constructive resolution of the issue that has caused stress.

One source of free, confidential help, located right on campus, is the Rush University Counseling Center. The center is staffed by clinical psychologists who can help you address a wide range of issues, from stress and anxiety to relationship problems, depression and more.

To make an appointment, call (312) 942-3687 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Who’s eligible

  • Currently enrolled students
  • House staff members

All discussions and information are held in the strictest confidence. We do not maintain electronic medical records, and no one at Rush has access to information about who uses our services.

Counseling staff

  • Hilarie Terebessy, PhD, direct line: (312) 942-3013
  • Kunal Sachdev, PsyD, direct line:    (312) 942-3405
  • Meghan Kean, PsyD, direct line: (312) 942-5726
  • Emily Carter, PsyD, direct line: (312) 563-1949

Rush Wellness Assistance Program

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program is a comprehensive resource for all Rush University students and their families, which provides offerings in three areas:

  • Work: Professional and personal development through “Skillbuilders” — free 30- to 45-minute online tutorials that address numerous topics including, managing stress, emotional wellbeing, along with improving study skills, concentration, test‐taking, writing and much more.
  • Life: 24/7 confidential, short-term counseling services for students and their families — at no cost.
  • Home: Connecting Rush University students to healthy cooking recipes and assistance with locating home‐life services like financial planning, child‐care/elder‐care or legal services.

The Rush Wellness Assistance Program will address several important university-specific needs including:

  • After-Hours Counseling: Providing after-hours, video-conferencing counseling support accessible by mobile phone or tablet from the comfort and privacy of home.
  • Distance Learners: Extending counseling services and support to our distance and online learners who would otherwise be unable to access the Counseling Center

To access services, visit the Rush Wellness Assistance Program page on Inside Rush.



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Helpful Resources

Healing Racial Trauma

African American Mental Health Resources

There are a variety of mental health resources available for people of color, but we have provided a few examples below.

Please note: The resources included here are not endorsed by NAMI, and NAMI is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these resources.

  • Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
    Group aimed at removing the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing. They do this through education, training, advocacy and the creative arts.
  • Black Men Heal
    Limited and selective free mental health service opportunities for Black men.
  • Black Mental Health Alliance - (410) 338-2642
    Provides information and resources and a “Find a Therapist” locator to connect with a culturally competent mental health professional.
  • Black Mental Wellness
    Provides access to evidence-based information and resources about mental health and behavioral health topics from a Black perspective, as well as training opportunities for students and professionals.
  • Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
    BLHF has launched the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed clinicians in our network. Individuals with life-changing stressors and anxiety related to the coronavirus will have the cost for up to five (5) individual sessions defrayed on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are committed or exhausted.
  • Brother You’re on My Mind
    An initiative launched by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and NIMHD to raise awareness of the mental health challenges associated with depression and stress that affect African American men and families. Website offers an online toolkit that provides Omega Psi Phi Fraternity chapters with the materials needed to educate fellow fraternity brothers and community members on depression and stress in African American men.
  • Ebony’s Mental Health Resources by State
    List of Black-owned and focused mental health resources by state as compiled by Ebony magazine.
  • Henry Health
    Provides culturally sensitive self-care support and teletherapy for African American men and their families. Currently in pilot program available only to residents of MD, VA and DC. Residents of other states can join their waiting list and will be notified when Henry Health is available in their state.
  • Melanin and Mental Health
    Connects individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. Promotes the growth and healing of diverse communities through its website, online directory and events.
  • Ourselves Black
    Provides information on promoting mental health and developing positive coping mechanisms through a podcast, online magazine and online discussion groups.
  • POC Online Classroom
    Contains readings on the importance of self care, mental health care, and healing for people of color and within activist movements.
  • Sista Afya
    Organization that provides mental wellness education, resource connection and community support for Black women.
  • Therapy for Black Girls
    Online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Offers listing of mental health professionals across the country who provide high quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls, an informational podcast and an online support community.
  • Unapologetically Us
    Online community for African American women to seek support.

Other Resources

Treatment Directories


Physician Peer Support Line contact information

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health

This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.


Self-Care and Coping Skills for Students and Health Care Professionals

This presentation provides strategies and tools designed for physical and emotional self-care during COVID-19.

Thank you to Dr. Monica Oh, University of Kansas Medical Center for approval to share this information.


Managing COVID-19 Anxiety

Psychology Today reports on how the threat of COVID-19 can impact mental health. Some may find themselves worrying and even anxiously anticipating the impact. Worrying about such a potential risk to one’s health is common as is anxiety. According to the article, “Experiencing anxiety now and then is a normal part of life. It is not unusual to temporarily feel anxious when facing stressful situations, uncertainty, or extreme challenges. The emotions of anxiety and fear in confronting a real threat are part of the survival instinct.” When anxiety reaches levels that feels unsustainable and your daily functioning is impacted, it’s good to be aware of this and address it as needed. Addressing anxiety about a fear such as COVID-19 can help the anxiety feel more manageable and less overwhelming.

To manage anxiety especially anxiety about an uncontrollable event in the future, it’s important to have a plan for how you are going to address it and cope with it. We may not be able to get rid of or control the thing making us anxious but we can find ways to cope.

Here are some recommendations from the CDC and Psychology Today for how to cope with COVID-19 anxiety.


(CDC main website for coronavirus for ongoing updates and information)

(Mental Health and Coping during COVID-19)

(SAMHSA most recent behavioral health toolkit materials for disaster response including infectious disease outbreaks)

(Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation)


Social Support During Social Distancing

With the CDC recommending social distancing as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19, people may be at risk for feeling lonely and isolated both of which can be harmful to mental health. Social support is one of the best coping strategies during a stressful time such as this. When social distancing is recommended, it is important to engage in behaviors that promote our mental health

Here are three tips to maintain relational bonds and fulfill social needs while social distancing.

Call, text, Skype and FaceTime to keep in contact and fulfill the social needs most of us have for balanced mental health.

When communicating, create boundaries as to what you want to talk about. It’s okay to opt out of anxiously talking about COVID-19 and the stress around the current health climate. Remember it’s good to be informed but sometimes over informed can lead to anxiety and stress. Instead talk about how you are coping such as reading, watching a movie or show, baking, knitting, or your favorite home yoga practice.

Plan an activity you and a friend can do together while FaceTiming or Skyping. Watch a show or movie, play a board game, eat a meal, or practice yoga together. A shared goal helps to bring us closer and also helps to aid in distraction during these isolating times.……


Resources and Tools

Click here for online resources related to stress and mental health, plus documents that can help you prepare for a Counseling Center appointment.

Other useful links:

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Hope Line

Jed Foundation            

Mental Health Screening Suicide Prevention

Stop Soldier Suicide, or call (844) 889-5610

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  

U Lifeline                   

    • Trust the source of information you read and listen you. The CDC has helpful, trusted and up-to-date resources.
    • Designate 5-10 minutes in the morning and afternoon to check reliable sources for any updates. Turn off push notifications about the news on your phone. Limit your time on places like Twitter and Facebook both of which may help to increase your anxiety.
    • Wash your hands often: after you use the bathroom, before eating, after class. If warm water and soap aren’t available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Protect your immune system: Our immune systems are impacted by everything we do, from what we eat to our stress levels. This means that eating balanced meals, staying hydrated and sleeping 7-9 hours per night all help protect and strengthen our immune systems.
    • Help reduce the spread of germs: When we look out for each other, we all stay healthier. That’s why it’s important to wipe down communal surfaces like doorknobs and counters with disinfectant. Remember to cough and sneeze into your elbow, sleeve or tissue. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
    • If you experience symptoms, contact your doctor and limit contact with others until you are not contagious.
    • Utilize your coping strategies to help deal with the stress and anxiety: exercise, social support, yoga, journaling, enjoyable hobbies can all help mitigate distress.
    • If you are utilizing most of these strategies and find that your anxiety is difficult to manage, talk to a licensed psychologist may help. The Rush University Counseling Center is available to all currently enrolled students, residents and fellows. Our services are free and they are completely confidential. You may contact the Counseling Center by calling 312/942-3687.
Contact Information

Kidston House
630 S. Hermitage Ave., Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60612
Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
(312) 942-3687 (phones staffed 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)