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We Help You Manage Life Challenges and Enhance Emotional Well-Being.

The Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program (JHSAP) is a life management resource that can help you identify and manage challenging issues in healthy ways. Getting help is free, convenient, and confidential.

Election Impact – Support and Resources

We are here for everyone. We are listeners. We are a safe, non-judgmental place that welcomes you. We are mindful that the election has caused a great deal of distress and anxiety for many people.

Kind Words are Needed

This is a time to support each other with kind and gentle dialogue that is sensitive to unconscious bias – being aware of the impact of our words and the personal preferences that come out via the words we choose. Using kind words does not mean walking back on your values; it means being kind in your communications and blending strength with kindness.

Unconscious bias is always with us, but now is an opportunity to carefully consider our words and our impact on others. In times of feeling vulnerable and powerless, one source of personal power that we always have is our impact on others, on our families, on our colleagues, and in our social circles. From this, we have the power to influence where we work and live. 

Listen First

Healthy dialogue has obviously been on the decline and needs attention; this is a wonderful starting place to focus your impact. You might find this resource helpfu by Brad Harrington, Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family. He was featured last week in the Huffington Post saying “we have lost the ability to dialogue with one another, to listen to one another, to see each other as compatriots with common challenges that we need to face together. I’m not just talking about politicians – I mean all of us. And if we don’t overcome this challenge, then addressing the others becomes a futile endeavor.”

Self-Care is Important

It is important that we find time to take care of ourselves. Self-care may include being aware of and acknowledging our thoughts and feelings; reaching out for support from friends, family, and university resources such as JHSAP; taking care of ourselves physically by eating well and getting sleep; taking a break from politics and media by unplugging for a while; and engaging in healthy outlets such as exercise.

Support is Available

If your distress and anxiety continue and prevent you from taking care of your academic, work, or personal lives, JHSAP can help. Please call 443-287-7000 to make an appointment if you need support.

We are here for everyone. We are listeners. We are a safe, non-judgmental place that welcomes you.

FREE Services at JHSAP:

Short-Term Counseling:

Identification and assessment of personal, family, and school/work-related issues, brief counseling and consultation, and referrals to appropriate and accessible services and resources.

Crisis Response:

Small student groups or departmental meetings with a counselor to help process the emotional consequences of a crisis and provide resources to help everyone move forward.

Healthy Relationship Support:

Support and guidance that will enhance the trust, respect, and communication between you and your partner. Problem-solve and help create a plan for managing your reactions to difficult relationships.

School-Life Coaching and Adjustment:

Academic and professional development support on topics such as study skills, stress management, school-life balance, financial management, and adjusting to a new culture.

Educational Workshops:

Preventive and educational sessions that benefit all JHSAP students, as well as support and discussion groups.

Dean, Faculty, Staff, and Student Consultations:

Collaborative consultations between a JHSAP counselor and the dean, faculty member, or staff member to problem-solve student issues and provide effective guidance. 

Talk to Someone Now

Toll Free: 866-764-2317

In case of an emergency, call 911.


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  • Sep 10, 2015
    As part of National Suicide Prevention Week, we have posted the video "We Need to Talk" produced by Johns Hopkins Medicine. If you or someone you care about is suffering from depression, this is very worthwhile information that may save someone's life.