Behavioral Health Services at Red Rocks Community College

For mental health emergencies or referral services from anywhere in the state of Colorado, call the Colorado Crisis & Support Line at 1-844-493-TALK.

If you are having a Mental Health Crisis, please call the Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 1-844-493-8255.

Life stresses may sometimes interfere with academic success. RRCC partners with Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH) to provide behavioral health assessment, short-term counseling (up to 6 sessions per semester), and referral at no cost to its current students. Services are now located within the Student Health Clinic at the Lakewood campus and once a week by appointment at the Arvada Campus.


Short-term counseling through Behavioral Health Services (BHS) can provide support for:

  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Overcoming depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment difficulties

The Process

  • Call the Student Health Clinic at 303.914.6655 to request an initial meeting with the Behavioral Health Counselor
  • Together decide if short-term individual therapy or a referral to other services will best meet your needs
  • Schedule future appointments, if appropriate

What to Expect

The purpose of your first appointment (about 50 minutes) will be to gather information about your current concerns and decide on a course of action. You will be asked to complete a few brief forms, and then talk to the BHS counselor about your situation and goals. During this time, you are encouraged to express your feelings honestly and ask any questions you may have. After the interview is complete, you and the BHS counselor will decide on next steps. You might find that a few sessions with the counselor will help you get back on track, or that your needs will be better served by other providers.

Short-term Counseling

If you and the BHS counselor decide that your goals can be accomplished in 6 sessions or less, you will set up the next appointment at the end of the initial interview. During future sessions, you and the counselor will decide on a plan of action, identify things to work on between sessions, and evaluate your progress to see whether the sessions are helping.  In some cases, you may be referred to additional services in the community that are available on a sliding fee scale.

Canceling Appointments

If you need to cancel an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance, whenever possible.
Call 303.914.6655 and leave a message, including your name, appointment time, and phone number.

In the event of bad weather, please check the Red Rocks Snow Closure site or call 303.914.6100. If RRCC is closed, your BHS counselor will contact you when the campus re-opens to reschedule your appointment.

Health and Wellness Magazine:

101 health

Student Health 101 is a FREE online health and wellness magazine that RRCC has purchased for YOU! For new readers of SH 101 we recommend reading the Orientation Issue first.

Issues are updated the 1st of every month and can be accessed here.

Parents can access a shorter version of the monthly Student Health 101 magazine at Parent’s Perspective.

RRCC Online Mental Health Screenings

Anonymous online mental health screenings are a quick way to determine if you or someone you care about may need to reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for an evaluation. Screenings are available for alcohol and substance use, depression, PTSD, and other mental health concerns. These are educational, not diagnostic tools. Each screening takes only a few minutes, and at the end you will be presented with information and next steps.