A Message from CCC Counselor Brooke Jones

Hello,

I know this is a very stressful time in life and the uncertainty can make it difficult to regulate your emotions.  Remember to BREATHE and that this situation is temporary!  I have included how counseling services will be provided for the remainder of the semester and some helpful resources for you to access if needed.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me!!  

  • Counseling services will be offered during normal hours from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central time.
  • No onsite services are provided.
  • All appointments will be conducted by phone or video in 20-minute sessions.  
  • If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact me by email brooke.jones@colbycc.edu or via phone 785-443-3976.

Helpful Resources:  Some of the reputable 24-hour mental health hotlines that can provide you with support, education, and resources include:

  • Mental Health America Hotline: Text MHA to 741741. Mental Health America is a nationwide organization that provides assistance through this text line. You will be linked to someone who can guide you through a crisis or just provide information.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255. Crisis intervention and free emotional support are available, which is helpful when you need confidential assistance during a time of emotional distress for you or a loved one. The helpline is open 24/7, and a live online chat is available as well.

  • Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741. Specialized crisis counselors are just a text message away on this free, confidential 24-hour support line. To further protect your privacy, these messages do not appear on a phone bill. The text line also provides services and support if you are upset, scared, hurt, frustrated, or distressed.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Brooke Jones
Counselor/Psychology Instructor 


Counseling Services provides confidential counseling to assist students with personal, developmental, or psychological concerns related to their academic progress and/or personal growth. Counseling sessions are free of charge on campus. Students may also seek services off-campus at a discounted rate with referral from Counseling Services.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment, please contact Brooke Jones by emailor call 785-460-5439.

Counseling Services provides the following links in order to assist you with support and information on mental health concerns:


PERSONAL COUNSELING

Generally, people seek counseling because they are struggling with issues that affect the way they feel or inhibit their ability to go about their daily lives.  These issues can interfere with relationships, affect one's ability to concentrate on school or work, impact one's energy level, appetite, and sleep, and/or create feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress.  Through our free counseling services at CCC you can get help with a wide variety of concerns. Even if you just need someone to talk to counseling services will provide that also.


MENTAL HEALTH INFORMATION LINKS 

General Mental Health Information
Help Guide

https://www.helpguide.org/

National Institute for Mental Healthhttps://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
Mental Health and Well being of College Students

https://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health

American Psychological Association Help Centerhttps://www.apa.org/helpcenter/index.aspx
Specific Concerns
Substance Abuse
College Drinking
Depression
Mental Health
Self Esteem
National Association for Self Esteem
Eating Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association
Student Eating Disorder Awareness Guide
Suicide
Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students
Stop a Suicide Today    
 SAVE    
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention    
Anger Management
Controlling Anger Before it Controls You 
De-Escalation Skills 
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  
National Center for PTSD 
Bullying
Understanding Bullying 
Domestic Violence, Emotional Abuse, and Sexual Assault
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network


ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES 

  • Counseling Services- Brooke Jones, (785) 460-5439, Thomas Hall 
  • Health Services-  (785) 460-5502, Student Union  
  • Dean of Student Affairs- Nikol Nolan, (785) 460-5490, Student Union
  • Campus Security- (785) 460-5508, Student Union 
  • Director of Residence and Student Life, Jim Rorabaugh, (785) 460-5552, Embree Hall


LOCAL RESOURCES

  • OPTIONS- Victim Advocacy and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Toll-Free Kansas Crisis Line at 1-(800) 794-4624 or (785) 460-1982
  • Colby Citizens Medical Center, (785) 462-7511
  • Family Center for Health Care, (785) 462-6184      
  • Heartland Rural Counseling Services (785) 460-7588
  • New Beginnings Counseling (785) 462-3308
  • The Colby Police Department (785) 460-4460


WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT RESOURCES

Safety Measures

Anyone with knowledge about sexual misconduct or gender-based violence, which typically include the crimes of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking, is encouraged to report it immediately. If you are the victim, some or all of these safety suggestions may guide you after an incident has occurred:

  1. Go to a safe place and speak with someone you trust.  Tell this person what happened.  If there is any immediate danger, contact the residence hall on-call number at (785) 443-4594 or 911.

  2. Consider securing immediate professional support (e.g.: counseling, victim advocacy, medical services, law enforcement, campus officials, etc.) to assist you in the crisis.

    • OPTIONS- Victim Advocacy and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Toll Free Kansas Crisis Line at 1-(800) 794-4624 or (785) 460-1982
    • Colby Citizens Medical Center, (785) 462-7511
    • Family Center for Health Care, (785) 462-6184     
    • Heartland Rural Counseling Services (785) 460-7588
    • New Beginnings Counseling (785) 462-3308
    • The Colby Police Department (785) 460-4460

            On campus support:

    • Counseling Services- Brooke Jones, (785) 460-5439, Thomas Hall 
    • Health Services- Monique Eaton, (785) 460-5502, Student Union  
    • Dean of Student Affairs- Nikol Nolan, (785) 460-5490, Student Union
    • Campus Security-  (785) 460-5508, Student Union 
    • Director of Residence and Student Life, Jim Rorabaugh, (785) 460-5552, Embree Hall

  3.  For your safety and well-being, immediate medical attention is encouraged.  Being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours, is important in the case of rape or sexual assault. 

    (A). To preserve evidence, it is recommended that you do not bathe, shower, douche, eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate or change clothes before receiving medical attention.  Even if you have already taken any of these actions, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care, and evidence may still be recoverable. 

    (B). Typically, if police are involved or will be involved, they will obtain evidence from the scene, and it is best to leave things undisturbed until their arrival.  They will gather bedding, linens or unlaundered clothing and any other pertinent articles that may be used for evidence. 

    (C). It is best to allow police to secure items in evidence containers, but if you are involved in transmission of items of evidence, such as to the hospital, secure them in a clean paper bag or clean sheet, to avoid contamination. 

    (D). If you have physical injuries, photograph or have them photographed, with a date stamp on the photo.  Record the names of any witnesses, and their contact information.  This information may be helpful to the proof of a crime, to obtain an order of protection or to offer proof of a campus policy violation. 

    (E). Try to memorize details (physical description, names, license plate number, car description,), or even better, write notes to remind you of details, if you have time and the ability to do so. 

  4.  Even after the immediate crisis has passed, consider continued support on or off-campus.

  5.  Contact the Vice President of Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator if you need assistance with no-contact orders or other protective measures.  The college will also assist in any needed advocacy for students who wish to obtain protective or restraining orders from local authorities.  If you obtain external orders of protection (e.g. restraining orders, injunctions, protection from abuse), please notify Campus Security so that those orders can be observed on campus. 
  6. If you are a victim and decline to report it to campus authorities or law enforcement please secure medical attention and victim support resources listed in this publication.

If you have questions or concerns about what to do in the event this should happen, please stop by Student Health.  If you need counseling services, please contact Brooke Jones by email (brooke.jones@colbycc.edu) or call 460-5439.