Counseling and Support

Being a graduate student is both rewarding and challenging. While there are enormous opportunities at Harvard, the sheer number of talented people all in one place can be intimidating. Graduate school can sometimes be isolating: long hours in the library, high-stakes relationships with faculty, competing priorities of a demanding program, and concerns about the next step after graduation. Although it is natural to feel a little down or overwhelmed on occasion, sometimes all the stress may seem too much. In an atmosphere that often places high value on success, acknowledging the need for assistance in getting through the rough spots is not always easy, but ignoring or putting off problems can make them more serious and disruptive.

Every year, HDS students seek resources and visit Harvard's counseling services for assistance with a range of emotional and psychological conditions, such as depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflicts, financial difficulties, career confusion, loneliness, and physical symptoms associated with psychological issues. It is not unusual for these issues to emerge during the student years. The good news is that students who receive psychological treatment get better. If a friend, roommate, or classmate seems to be struggling, a simple referral to one of Harvard's many resources can be of enormous help.

Emergency situations:

  • In an emergency, dial 911.

Mental health counseling and referrals:

If you need help navigating these resources or want to learn more about the available options, you may contact the following people, who will work with you to identify and access the necessary resources:

  • Tim Whelsky, assistant dean for student affairs, 617.496.3091
  • Kerry Maloney, director of religious and spiritual life, 617.495.5778
  • Maritza Hernandez, associate dean for enrollment and student services, 617.496.8641