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Stress Relief: MCC Resources

Library guide to cope with stress and find resources on campus for managing stress through creativity, mindfulness, humor and games.

Wellness Resources

In these scary and confusing times, it is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical well-being. 

  • Staying Mentally HealthyLynn Gregory, MCC Personal Counselor, Lynn Gregory says "Many of these strategies are common sense, but sometimes we forget the basics when we are very stressed. Eat and drink healthfully, get adequate sleep for your body, move your body in ways that feel good (exercise), practice meditation and relaxation, reach out for connection and for help if you need it – remember social distancing does not mean social isolation, look for the helpers and be one yourself if you can – and pay attention to attitudes and beliefs – consider incorporating gratitude, compassion for self and others, mindfulness and optimism.”

Mental Health Services for Students

MCC has a Wellness Counselor who is a licensed mental health counselor, and who specializes in emotional wellness and mental health issues.  Students can meet with the Wellness Counselor if they have any concerns about their mental health.  The Wellness Counselor can assess what is going on in the student’s life and assist the student with referrals to community resources, if needed.   These services are confidential and free of charge for enrolled students. 

Mental Health Screening

How Are You Feeling?

Behavioral health – which includes mental health, substance use, and more – is a key part of your overall well-being. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. Think of these as a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. Click here to access this resource.

Weekly Meditation

Weekly Meditation offers a session of facilitated mindfulness meditation, with an optional discussion period afterwards.

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm (sitting meditation), 1:00-1:20pm (optional discussion)

Meditation is a powerful tool for personal and academic success and may be helpful for:

  • Improved sleep
  • Increased attention span
  • Less emotional reactivity
  • Reduced levels of stress and anxiety

For more information including the link to the Zoom session, email: Lynn Gregory (Bedford) GREGORYL@middlesex.mass.edu 

Community Resources: MCC Students

MCC cares about the health, safety, stability, and success of our campus community. During this especially challenging time, we want to support MCC students dealing with food, housing, or financial insecurity by sharing the following resource information.  Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students: Click here to read this guide from The Hope Center addresses common needs and offers resources.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program 

WIC is a free nutrition program for qualifying Massachusetts families.

Fitness and Recreational Services

MCC offers many recreational and team sports, wellness related activities and free discounted membership to fitness facilities.

Housing

The Coordinator of Essential Needs and Community Resources is available to support MCC students who are dealing with homelessness or housing insecurity by connecting them with relevant/available resources in the community. If you are struggling with housing insecurity, email foodpantry@middlesex.mass.edu to request a virtual meeting to explore options/resources that might be available to you. 

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