Crisis Support

If it is after hours and your need is urgent, please do one of the following:

  • Call 911
  • Call 207.774.HELP (207.774.4357) for 24-hour crisis support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).
  • Text CONNECT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA at any time about any type of crisis.
  • Visit your local emergency department. The two closest to MECA are:
    • Mercy Hospital, 144 State Street, at the corner of State and Spring Streets, 207.879.3265
    • Maine Medical Center Emergency Department, 662 Bramhall Street, 207.622.0111

To report a non-emergency concern about a student, please file a MECA Alert.

Hotlines, Emergencies, and Help

MECA’s Counseling & Wellness

MECA counselors are committed to helping students achieve their personal and academic goals and enhance their self-understanding. They provide students with support and encouragement in a nonjudgmental, caring setting, where diversity is respected and celebrated. They can also assist with referrals to doctors, therapists, and other off-campus resources.

All BFA, MFA, and MAT students are eligible for free and confidential counseling at MECA. The best way to schedule an appointment is to email and suggest some convenient days and times to meet.

Read more about Counseling & Wellness here.

Additional On-Campus Resources

  • Counseling & Wellness:
  • Financial Aid: Email Carri Frechette, with a question or to schedule an appointment
  • Registrar: Email Anne Dennison, with a question about your academic schedule or to schedule an appointment
  • Residential Education and Housing: Email, or call 207.699.5067 during office hours, or 207.776.4176 from 9am—7pm
  • Student Health Insurance: Email about Student Health Insurance or to waive insurance coverage
  • Student Life: Want to get involved in a student club? Have a question or a concern and you aren’t sure who to ask? Stop by the Student Life Office (near the Café) or email
  • Support for Students with Disabilities: Email Joanne Benica,
  • Title IX Coordinator: Beth Elicker, Executive Vice President of the College, is the Title IX Coordinator. To report any form of sexual misconduct, call or email her at 207.699.5045 or
  • Tutoring and Academic Support: Email Heather Harvey,

Off-Campus Resources

Online Resources

Go Ask Alice!
Go Ask Alice is a health question-and-answer site from Columbia University developed for college students to ask questions about alcohol, sexuality, sexual relationships, emotional health, and myriad other topics.

Half of Us Mental Health Information
National website developed for college students by MTV in conjunction with mental health providers. You can search topics and watch videos on topics such as bipolar and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, cutting, suicide, drugs, and alcohol.