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24/7 support from Counseling Services

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Are you feeling anxious? Are you overwhelmed with life struggles? Are you overloaded with academic stress? You are not alone. Call 651-793-1568 for support from Counseling Services.

Eight out of ten Metropolitan Students said they felt very overwhelmed at times within the last year.

Counseling Services now offers a 24/7 phone support line.

When you call the support line:

  • a licensed counselor will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days, a week, 365 days a year
  • you will be offered confidential support, information, resources, and practical solutions for coping
  • all services are free and confidential

Counseling Services office hours are 8:30 am to 5 pm weekdays. Schedule an appointment by  calling 651-793-1568 during office hours. Visit the Counseling Services website for more information, http://www.metrostate.edu/student/student-services-support/student-services/counseling-services.

You can call 651-793-1568 anytime to speak with a counselor by phone about your concerns. If you reach the voicemail, press “0” to be connected with a counselor.

Free mental health services for students and university employees

Students who are struggling with a mental health issue can access free services, including individual and group counseling. Call 651-793-1568 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays to schedule an appointment.

Free mental health screenings are available through the Counseling Services webpage.

If you are a faculty or staff member struggling with a mental health issue, help is available through the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-657-3719.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Student services you may be missing out on

With a wide range of options available to Metropolitan State students, everyone can benefit from the opportunities these services offer. Get to know these great services and utilize them to enhance your academic journey.

Tutoring Services

Meet with tutors that can help relieve stress from complicated homework problems and writing assignments. No more headaches and guessing! Metropolitan State offers math, science and computer science centers at the Saint Paul Campus and Midway Center. Writing centers serve students at those locations, as well as at the Minneapolis Campus.

Find a tutoring center

Career Center

With so many degree options, it’s important to research the one that’s right for you. The Career Center’s page features websites listed to help explore occupations, identify skills and learn about different types of majors. The Pathways Program can help students within the insurance and financial services explore career options and skills to secure a job in their chosen field. Webinars, resume resources and online workshops are also available to students looking to enhance their professional skills. In person career counseling is also available.

Find out more about the Career Center

Counseling Services

Student life can be stressful—learn to manage stressors and release anxiety with the help of a counselor. Simply set up an appointment and let the healing begin.

Contact Counseling Services

Student Parent Center  

Find on and off campus resources to navigate the challenges of parenting while in school through the Student Parent Center. Participate in support and discussion groups, find a peer mentor and attend fun family events organized by the center.

Found out more about the Student Parent Center

Academic Advising

Advisers are waiting to assist you with your college plans, financial concerns and your path to achieving your degree.

Set up an appointment with an advisor


TRIO consists of three distinct programs that help make access, retention and graduation possible for first generation students and those with limited income.

  • Upward Bound is targeted at high school students wishing to gain college skills and credits.
  • TRIO’s Student Support Services are committed to helping Metropolitan State students reach their academic goals by supplying extra resources to make success happen.
  • The Power of You provides financial and academic support to transferring students and to those who meet requirements.

Learn more about TRIO

Food for Thought

Food for Thought is a food pantry that provides unprepared food directly to students in need who do not have enough to eat. Food for Thought is organized by the Student Parent Center in partnership with Good in the ‘Hood, receiving assistance from the Student Senate and Second Harvest Heartland. It’s open to all Metropolitan State students, located at the Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall 201A and is open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. The pantry accepts any and all food donations. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Contact the Student Parent Center at student.parentcenter@metrostate.edu or call 651-793-1564 for more information.

Disability Services scavenger hunt

To promote the new location and highlight the office’s partners within the university, Disability Services is hosting scavenger hunts in May and September. The activity is open to all students and those who complete the challenge earn a chance to win a $25 Target gift card.

Students can participate by obtaining a passport card at the Disability Services office, L223 New Main. Visit the locations listed in the passport and obtain a stamp from each. Turn in the completed the passport and turn it back in to the  Disability Services office. The hunts run the entire months of May and September. The following departments will be participating in the hunts.

Center for Academic Excellence:  Main Tutoring Center – L 130. The Center for Academic Excellence is a learning and student-support department at Metropolitan State University devoted to cultivating student success and helping students achieve their academic goals. The center also works collaboratively with faculty across disciplines to address student needs.

Center for Academic Excellence – STEM Center – SEC:  Room 122. The Science Center provides support for select biology, chemistry, and physics courses at Metropolitan State University. Students can come to the Science Center for group work, individual practice, and tutoring assistance.

TRio – FH L101. TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO:SSS targets degree-seeking undergraduates, who meet eligibility requirements. Their goal is to assist students:

  • by enhancing and supporting YOUR college experience
  • by engaging YOU with support through faculty, staff and students
  • by providing strategies, personal development and a sense of community
  • by increasing YOUR likelihood to stay in college and graduate with a four-year degree from Metropolitan State University

Counseling Services – FH 221. Student Counseling Services (SCS) offers individual and group counseling as well as workshops to help students find better ways to cope with and resolve the problems of everyday life.

Veterans Services – FH 201. Is here to assist all who have or are currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Library (Assistive Technology) Library 2nd Floor Circulation Desk. The Library and Information Services exists to fulfill the information needs and foster the intellectual growth of the Metropolitan State University community.

Gateway Student Services FH 1st Floor

Disability Services NM L223. Disability Services helps students get started acquiring any necessary accommodations.





Grief support available through Counseling Services

The Metropolitan State University Counseling Services Department  wishes to remind the university community of the availability of grief services.

Direct Services to Individuals

  • Counseling Services is available to provide individual counseling to any Metropolitan student. Following a death, we can provide a safe place to grieve the loss, support through the grieving process, strategies for self-care, academic support, and more. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. For students who cannot attend during those hours, we can provide a consultation and referral. Phone consultations are available for those who cannot make it to the Saint Paul Campus. For an after-hours crisis, students should call the Crisis Connection at 612-379-6363.
  • For non-students (staff, faculty, family of the deceased, community members), a consultation and referral to an outside resource can be provided.

Direct Services for Groups, Classes, and University Organizations

  • Many universities offer programming for staff, faculty and students affected by loss as an opportunity to gather, share memories, and grieve together. This can also serve as a vehicle to provide those affected with resources. Counseling staff can help to facilitate these events and, if needed, can provide a model for how to structure them.
  • If there is enough interest, an ongoing grief group can be organized.

 Indirect Services to Faculty / Staff

  • For faculty or staff affected by loss who want to address their classes or communities, suggestions can be provided on how to approach this difficult conversation. If staff or faculty can also request the presence of a Counseling Services staff member.
  • If the university wants to send communications to the university community at large, Counseling Services can help to provide language and resources to include.

For more information contact Michael Peterson in Counseling Services, by e-mail, michael.peterson@metrostate.edu or by phone, 651-793-1557.


Suicide prevention training offered July 29

SPL_logo_220x240_ENGCounseling Services, Veterans and Military Student Services and the Library Events Committee are pleased to welcome staff from the Veterans Administration’s suicide prevention unit back to campus.  The VA staff will be offering training for Metropolitan State staff, faculty and student workers on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 a.m.–noon at the Library and Learning Center, Room 308, 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul.

This class focuses on how to identify warning signs and risk factors for suicide, how to ask a person if they are suicidal and where to refer someone for professional help. The class also builds suicide prevention awareness by introducing assessment and intervention skills.

The facilitator for this training is Lindy Fortin-Case, a licensed social worker who has served as the suicide prevention coordinator since the program’s inception. To register contact Ruth Bier, Counseling Services office manager, at 651-793-1568 or ruth.bier@metrostate.edu.

View event flyer.

Mental Health Awareness Month

mentalhealthawarePeople living with a mental health condition fight stigma and misinformation all year long and this month is dedicated to addressing those issues. May has long been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in an effort to increase education, support and advocacy for people with mental health challenges.

Finding ways to support mental health in a busy life can be difficult but laying the groundwork for a better support system can bring about big changes. Being connected to others can alleviate the effects of stress, depression, anxiety and a host of other health issues. Whether it’s a close circle of friends that can be called on in times of stress, a group of new acquaintances there to provide support in good times and bad or an anonymous online community, building and maintaining strong connections can improve your day-to-day life. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month