Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it’s time to start talking about it. Like a broken bone, heart ailment or the common cold, mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, nearly one in five people struggle with some form of mental illness every year. If you or someone you know is suffering, it’s time to learn the warning signs and find the resources for much-needed support. Valencia College and our partners are dedicated to providing mental health information and resources to our entire community. Please open your heart and your browser to learn more, start a conversation and help someone who is struggling.

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Valencia College Resources

Valencia College has contracted with a private counseling service to provide short-term assistance to credit-seeking students who need to resolve challenges that are negatively impacting their academic performance and/or emotional wellbeing. BayCare provides a toll-free confidential helpline 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

There are three ways to connect with BayCare:

Phone number: 1-800-878-5470

Suicide Prevention

Warning Signs

National Council For Mental Health 
According to the CDC, suicide is a major public health concern and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Visit the National Council for Mental Health to learn the warning signs and what you can do to help identify someone who may be contemplating suicide.


View a compiled list of resources to help students and individuals find links to mental health information and varied topics relating to Valencia College life, along with important community health information. From counseling to Coronavirus, find your connection.

Learn the Facts and Get Involved

Your community needs you. Get involved by joining with dedicated organizations to help those who are struggling with mental illness and other issues. Click and find links to existing groups who are actively making a difference in peoples lives.


Valencia College cares. Our faculty and staff can also find official resources to answer mental health questions, learn more about training and inquire about other important faculty topics. After all, we believe community involvement extends well outside the classroom.

Real Stories

Sometimes, the effects of tragedy and triumph don’t become real until you witness them. Read and view first hand accounts of heart-wrenching and heartwarming experiences from real people who have lived through adversity from any number of life events.

This website was developed [in part] under a grant number 6H79SM080474-03M0018 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.