Student Support and Crisis Intervention Information

Student Support Services and Crisis Intervention

Graduate School can be a very stressful time. Failed experiments, application deadlines, family and relationship issues and other stressors can interfere with your ability to successfully complete your graduate program. There are many resources available to support someone who is struggling emotionally or physically. If you or someone you know is having difficulties please take advantage of these resources. All are confidential as provided by law.

 

Crisis Intervention

If you are having thoughts about harming yourself or others – please call one of these resources immediately:

  • 911
  • Dauphin County Crisis Intervention, 717-232-7511, 100 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg
  • Dauphin County Contact Helpline, 717-652-4400, 900 South Arlington Avenue, Harrisburg

College of Medicine Services

 

Penn State College of Medicine Student Counseling Services

Counseling for personal and academic difficulties. These services include learning support and evaluation services for students experiencing academic difficulties. In addition, counseling is available for career choices that students face as they progress through their training.

There is no cost to students who use this service and all records are confidential. They are NOT part of your graduate school file. They are treated as health records and therefore are protected under federal law from being disclosed without your permission.

College of Medicine Student Health Services

 

Health care is available to students and their immediate families through Student Health Services, based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The comprehensive primary care coverage includes acute and chronic care for any and all medical problems, preventive healthcare services including GYN and Family Planning services, patient advocacy role for any referrals to specialty services, a confidential referral system for counseling needs in association with the Department of Psychiatry, and a 24-hour call coverage system.

To make an appointment please call 717-531-5998 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

The office of Student Health is based at:
Penn State Hershey Medical Group - Fishburn Road
845 Fishburn Rd.
Hershey, PA
Secretary/scheduler: Janice Mesarick
Phone: 717-531-5998
Regular Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday

For acute medical problems 'after hours' students can take advantage of the Fishburn Walk-In Clinic. Patients are seen 'first come-first served'. (This option is significantly less expensive that the emergency department.) The Walk-In Clinic operates M-F from 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM, and Sat and Sun from 12 noon - 8:00 PM.

At other times, or if the walk-in clinic is full, healthcare concerns are forwarded to the hospital nurse triage system. If the nurse triage system has concerns they are forwarded to the Family Medicine Physician on call. If you need assistance in traveling to Student Health (you do not have a car or are too ill to drive yourself), please call the shuttle driver at 717-514-4546 to arrange transportation.

To find a mental health provider covered by Aetna Student Health Insurance AND not affiliated with the Hershey Medical Center, search here.

Penn State College of Medicine Student Ombudspersons (sexual harassment, other inappropriate behavior)

Penn State College of Medicine is committed to upholding the Penn State policy of providing a responsive environment free of intolerance, discrimination, harassment, and coercion. Any graduate student of the College of Medicine who experiences sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior that interferes with the learning environment should contact one of the following individuals at this campus for confidential assistance:

  • Elizabeth Frauenhoffer, M.D., Associate Professor of Pathology, 717-531-1673

  • R.L. Levine, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, 717-531-8006

  • Brandt P. Groh, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 717-531-8882

  • Denise Burkholder, Manager of Human Resources, 717-531-4371, Academic Support Building

Students may also contact the Affirmative Action Office at University Park at 814-863-0471

For Students with Alcohol or Substance Abuse Problems:

  • Concerned that you might have a problem with excessive alcohol consumption?  Take this brief screening tool to see if you should seek professional help.

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  • Dauphin Country Drug and Alcohol Services, 717-635-2254, 1100 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2531

For Victims of Domestic Violence

For LGBTQQ Students

  • Gay & Lesbian Switchboard, 717-234-0328, 200 N 3rd Street 802, Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • The Trevor Project - Suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQQ students, 866-488-7386 (24/7)www.thetrevorproject.org/

To Report Suspected Child Abuse

If you witness acts of child abuse, or are just concerned about something you have witnessed involving a child, please take steps to protect the most vulnerable among us by reporting your observations.

You can use the online reporting form found at Look Out for Child Abusehttp://lookoutforchildabuse.org/

The Look Out for Child Abuse website also has legal FAQs, information on helping victims of child sex abuse,  victims resources, and other useful information.

Alternatively you can call the Penn State Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline: 800-550-7575