Over the years, Northeastern has created a variety of programs to address sexual assault, sexual health, mental health, and trauma on campus. While some of these resources are helpful, Northeastern’s University Health and Counseling Services and other programs at Northeastern are still failing to provide adequate and necessary care for all students. Below, we have listed NEU resources that are currently available to students, initiatives going on to address NEU’s shortcomings, and resources out in the larger Boston area.
Resources at Northeastern
Northeastern’s University Health and Counseling Services, or UHCS for short, is responsible for all physical and mental healthcare associated with the university. If you are staying at the Boston campus, there is a physical office where they accept walk-in and scheduled appointments for all undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, walk-in appointments have been suspended due to the pandemic. UHCS also offers different weekly support groups. If you are looking for assistance with mental health, contacting UHCS at 617.373.2772 is one option.
Northeastern also has a program called Find@Northeastern, which is a 24/7 MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT hotline 877.233.9477 (U.S.) or 781.457.7777 (Intl.). Find@Northeastern will instantly connect you with a trained counselor who can talk to you in the moment and assist you in finding a local or virtual therapist that can schedule session times that work for you. The first five of those sessions each fall and spring semester are free for all students.
OPEN and Sexual Violence Resource Center
The Office of Prevention and Education, or OPEN, provides prevention and education services on the topics of alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, and sexual health. The Sexual Violence Resource Center, housed under OPEN, is dedicated to helping Northeastern students affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or abuse, domestic violence, and/or stalking. They serve students who have been affected personally (recently or in the past) and those who are looking for resources to support others. Their services are free, confidential, and trauma-informed. Other institutions on campus, such as ResLife employees (like RAs) are mandated reporters, meaning they are legally obligated to create a record if they are notified an instance of assault has occurred. Aside from OPEN, there are a few other confidential resources on campus: UHCS and Center for Spirituality Dialogue & Service.
Visit OPEN's Web site here.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, students can order safe-sex supplies through Frisky Husky six times a semester. The program delivers free external condoms, internal condoms, oral dams, and water-based lubricant right to your mailbox in discreet packaging. Due to the current pandemic, there is added risk in engaging in sexual behaviors so please take necessary precautions.
Visit Frisky Husky's Web site here.
Room to Improve
Mental Health and Trauma Resources
Currently, Find@Northeastern only offers 5 free therapy sessions per semester, which for many is not enough. Additionally, there is on campus counseling at UHCS, but there is insufficient personnel compared to the size of the student body.
Title IX Office
Many Northeastern students have shared their first hand experiences of the Title IX office (or Office of University Equity and Compliance) mishandling cases of sexual assault. From unnecessary police presence, to drawn-out timelines, there seems to be a lack of accountability at the the Title IX office, which is responsible for handling all cases of gender-based discrimination. However, organizations like The Sexual Assault Response Coalition are working to bring better, survivor-centered resources to campus to ensure the complete safety and health of all Northeastern students. SARC seeks to make Northeastern University a safer space for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
Visit the Title IX Office Web site here.
E-mail SARC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, Northeastern does NOT offer free and confidential STI testing to students. Instead, UHCS offers a self-pay STI testing program, which requires undergraduate and graduate students to pay $75 out of pocket at the time of the appointment. There is a second option for students to have UHCS bill their health insurance, however this is not confidential. If a student wants to receive free and confidential STI testing, they must travel to Fenway Health or its adjacent services at BAGLY or Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center. On campus, NU SHARE, a student organization, hosts a “Get Yourself Tested Day” event where students can receive this service, but they have a limited number of tests and it only occurs once a semester. In addition to offering/advocating for better STI testing services, NU Sexual Health Advocacy, Resources, and Education (NU SHARE) seeks to create spaces for NU students passionate about reproductive justice to learn, educate each other, and take action. If you would like to learn more about their meetings, workshops, or projects, email them at email@example.com or follow their Instagram @northeasternshare.
Resources in Boston
We recognize that the mental health and trauma response services available at UHCS and elsewhere on campus may come with long waiting times and other challenges. Although the following resources are off-campus, they are available to Northeastern students, and we encourage you to reach out for help wherever you see fit.
- Fenway Health: LGBTQ-focused health care facility with 3 different locations in Boston. Provides physical healthcare, mental healthcare, support groups for LGBTQIA+ identified folks, optometry, dentistry, and more. Visit Fenway Health's Web site here.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): National organization offering support groups and educational programs. 24-hour hotline that assists callers navigating the mental health care system. Call 800.370.9085 or visit NAMI's MA website here.
- Brookline Community Mental Health Center: Offers a variety of free support groups and therapy programs. Call 617.277.8107 or visit the Brookline Center's Web site here.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): Offers free online and in-person support groups. The closest group to campus meets Thursdays 7 to 9pm at the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital, 4th Floor, Suite 4A, Schiff Conference Center Room 4, Boston, MA. Call 617.855.279 or visit DBSA's Web site here.
- Cambridge Eating Disorder Center (CEDC): Offers individual and group therapy, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, nutritional counseling, medication management, family therapy, and support groups. Call 617-547-2255 or visit CEDC's Web site here.
- Zencare: Online database of Boston-area therapists currently accepting clients; specifically targeted toward college students. Visit Zencare's Web site here.
- Samaritans Crisis Hotline: 877.870.HOPE (4673). Call or text 24/7. Visit Samaritans' Web site here.
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC): 24-hour hotline: 800.841.8371. Provides various services to survivors of rape and sexual assault and their loved ones. Visit BARCC's Web site here.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 24/7 hotline for survivors of domestic violence. 800.799.SAFE (7233).
- The Network la Red: Survivor-led organization working to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Hotline (voice): 617.742.4911. Hotline (TTY): 617.227.4911. Visit The Network la Red's Web site here.
- Fenway Health: Provides free and confidential STI testing for LGBTQIA+ identified folks and allies. Visit Fenway Health's Web site here. Phone for additional testing info: 617.267.0159
- BAGLY: Provides free and confidential STI testing for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Phone: 617.227.8378. Visit BAGLY's Web site here.