July 12, 2022
Dear New Williams Students,
Williams is committed to supporting students in mind, body, heart, and spirit. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the full range of medical and mental health care and 24/7 emergency response that Williams offers.
First, a word about chronic conditions.
Please contact us this summer if you have physical conditions or mental health issues of any kind that might benefit from support while you are at Williams. Rest assured, we are fully equipped and prepared to ensure that such challenges won’t reduce the quality of your experience here. Call us at 413-597-2206 to schedule a consultation. Your family members or guardians are welcome to join in those conversations with your permission.
- There are no charges for clinic visits at the Health Center. Students can make appointments to see a health care provider Monday through Friday while we are in session. Call us to schedule an appointment in advance. Same-day sick visits can usually be accommodated. Our RN staff manages weekend visits, and a local physician is always on call. Physical and gynecological exams, lab testing including STI testing, and an orthopedic clinic are also available on campus by appointment.
- Most laboratory tests and diagnostic studies, prescription drugs, and consultation or treatment outside the Health Center are the student’s financial responsibility, as are certain vaccines required for students traveling internationally. Learn more about student health insurance requirements.
- In emergencies, students should call 911 from their cell phone or 9-911 from a campus phone. Local ambulance service will transport you to Berkshire Medical Center’s emergency department, 10 minutes from campus. Depending on your particular condition, transportation may be arranged to comprehensive medical centers in nearby Pittsfield, MA, or Bennington, VT.
Mental Health Care
We in Integrative Wellbeing Services (IWS) are eager to help. In any given year, the number of Williams students who engage with IWS is probably higher than you think: more than half of all students use our services in some way while at Williams.
We’re here to help you meet challenges you may face on during your Williams journey. We provide comprehensive support to students in addressing mental health issues and making changes to enhance personal growth, capacity for healthy relationships, and academic engagement. There are no charges for clinic visits at our center for Integrative Wellbeing Services in Pond House.
Our staff includes psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors and psychiatrists, and we work closely with our colleagues in Medical Services. Beyond in-person, on-campus services, we provide additional, alternative means of mental health support through a full array of free, live video counseling and psychiatry, as well as asynchronous messaging services, through Talkspace. There is also 24 / 7 crisis on-call support available by calling 413-597-2353.
We provide all services to students with the promise of full confidentiality. Except in cases of clear emergency, we’re legally prohibited from sharing any information about our confidential conversations with your family unless you give us permission to do so. Within these guidelines, we’re delighted to partner with your family to ensure a healthy Williams experience.
We close by encouraging you to call or stop by the Health Center with any questions or concerns. Once you learn how easy and comfortable it is to access our services, you’ll be empowered to take charge of your own health and wellbeing.
For now, enjoy the remainder of the summer, and please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] whenever you have concerns or questions.
Director of Integrative Wellbeing Services
Director of Medical Services
Health Services Administrator