Welcome to GCU! The Office of Student Care is here to support your student’s mental health as they begin and progress through their college journey.
We also know this can be a time of anxiety and worry for parents as well. Therefore, we have included some helpful information and links that can guide you as you navigate how to best support your student.
The experience of your child moving away to college can generate feelings of excitement and exuberance - along with sadness, grief and wariness. Yes, it is painful to let them go, but also know that a child who can be autonomous while maintaining a supportive relationship with you will have the best chance for success.
If your student is 18 or over, they can contact the GCU Office of Student Care to make an appointment. They fill out their own paperwork and sessions are confidential. You can encourage your child to visit us by pointing them to the How to Make an Appointment tab on our Student Care page.
If your student is under 18, and planning to visit the GCU Office of Student Care, state law requires consent prior to treatment, parental signatures must be notarized and include the Notary Public’s Commission Number and Notary Public’s Official Seal.
The Consent to Treat Minor form can be found here.
It is normal for students to struggle with homesickness, decisions, academic expectations, financial stress and being an adult for the first time. Every student is in the learning process of how to grow up and respond appropriately. No matter what students are struggling with, the Office of Student Care is here to help.
We are a solution focused practice and some of the common concerns students bring to our office include: homesickness, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, emotion regulation, trauma, grief/loss, substance use and relationship issues.
The Office of Student Care has qualified, licensed clinicians with years of experience caring for a wide range of mental and emotional needs. For more information on our qualifications and scope of practice you can review our scope of practice here.
If you think they are in danger or may harm themselves or someone else, you can do a wellness check. Send an to email to [email protected] and a public safety officer will check in on your student and see if they are safe and if they need further assistance.
You can also reach out to public safety at 602- 639-8100.
If they are struggling but not in danger you can always point them to make an appointment with the GCU Office of Student Care.
Contact them at 602-639-7007 or [email protected].