FAQs

How does a student access health and wellness services?

Students may come directly to the health center or email or call for an appointment.

Are parents routinely notified if a student visits the health center?

For routine visits, it is the responsibility of the student to inform parents. Health center staff will notify parents if a significant injury or illness occurs or a concern arises.

Are teachers notified?

Students need to contact teachers and coaches if they will miss a class or practice for medical reasons. The health center will excuse the student. It is the responsibility of the student to make up any missed assignments.

Does the clinic perform lab tests and X-rays?

Health center staff members perform routine lab tests. Students are sent to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, for X-rays.

How does a student see a specialist?

Students are referred to local specialists when further treatment or diagnosis is appropriate. Transportation is provided for a fee.

Where is the nearest hospital emergency room?

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, is a 93-bed, acute-care community hospital with full medical coverage. It is located approximately 14 miles from NMH.

How does a student connect with a counselor?

Students may email the health center or one of the counselors directly to make an appointment.

What do students talk about in counseling?

Students are free to talk about any matter that is bothering them, large or small. Most students can benefit from speaking with a trained therapist in a safe, confidential, and nonjudgmental environment. Attention and guidance during the early phase of a problem may help prevent it from becoming more serious. Discussion topics may include: roommate difficulties, making the adjustment to being away from home, loneliness, family problems, procrastination, identity and self-esteem, relationship issues, eating problems, interpersonal conflicts, depression, sexuality, and cultural/ethnic concerns, among others.

Who will know if a student is going to counseling?

In most cases, no one. Counseling is most effective when a student can be honest in a confidential environment. The counselors would contact a parent or a dean only if they thought a student was at risk for imminent injury or violence.

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