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About CAPS

A Statement from CAPS

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for you! 

As distressing world events unfold, our Montclair community is impacted and many are likely experiencing a range of emotional reactions.  We know that times like these can bring up feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, loneliness, and grief. If you are feeling any of these emotions, know that it is normal and that you are not alone. CAPS is here to support you and help you manage your well-being.

Tips for Coping with World News and Events

Share your feelings
It is okay to feel a mix of many different emotions. Sharing your feelings with a trusted family member, friend, therapist, or religious leader can help you feel less alone and more empowered to cope.

Take breaks from the news and social media
Our lives are inundated with information that can feel overwhelming at times. Remember that you are in control and can set boundaries around your media consumption, including who and what you follow, how you receive notifications, and when it is time to unplug.

Connect with others
Remember that we all need human connection and community to thrive. Be sure to check in with others and share how you’re feeling with those trusted sources around you.

Maintain a self-care routine
During times of uncertainty, finding ways to maintain a routine can help our minds and bodies cope. Eat three meals a day, maintain a regular sleep schedule, connect with nature, make a gratitude list, and remember to try to enjoy the simple things.

Sources of Support

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Visit a mental health professional at one of our Let’s Talk locations across campus
  • Register for free teletherapy by using your Montclair email address at UWill

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Get Immediate Help in Crisis

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) or online chat from 2 PM-2 AM: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org(link is external)

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 (24/7): https://www.crisistextline.org(link is external)

Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 (24/7), online chat, or text START to 678678: https://www.thetrevorproject.org

CAPS After-hours Urgent Care
Call 973-655-5211 and select option 2 to be connected to a licensed mental heath professional whenever CAPS is closed

We are a department within the Dean of Students Office designed to provide free personal counseling and psychological services for Montclair State students, as well as referrals and consultations for faculty and staff. We are fully accredited by the International Accreditation of Counseling Centers (IACS).


  • Allow students to make the most of their academic experience
  • Help prevent future problems
  • Help students develop to their fullest potential by learning new skills and resolving issues that may limit their performance
  • Assist and support faculty and staff through consultation
  • Promote wellness through workshops, presentations and major campus events
  • Provide a positive training environment and close supervision for graduate students in counseling and psychology

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