Healthy Relationships

People love February for a lot of different reasons: Black History Month, Punxsutawney Phil and Groundhog Day, The Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, President’s Weekend (retail sales and, for some folks, a 3 day weekend), Ash Wednesday (this year), it’s the shortest month in our calendar year, and every 4th year we get to celebrate the Leap Year.  There are a lot of other interesting observances during this month as well.

But, let’s take a minute to think about love and relationships.  When relationships are good, life in general feels pretty good.  But when a relationship is out of balance, un-healthy or even “toxic” it can be super stressful and that stress can take a toll on your mental health.  In some cases, unhealthy love can turn into abusive behaviors.

In a TED talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship -- with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member -- and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. Katie believes we can all get better at how we love in any relationship. "While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time". Check out her TED talk and cartoon “couplets” here.

Have questions or want to talk to someone? Please reach out to us: dasburg@brevard.edu or counselinginterns@brevard.edu

General Information

Counseling services at Brevard College, like our other wellness resources, are designed to provide students with opportunities for growth and development in their personal, academic, and professional pursuits. While each student and situation is different, counseling can help with concerns like: academic pressures or difficulties, depression, low self-esteem, stress and/or anxiety, eating problems, substance abuse, loneliness, relationships, dating and sex, and career decisions.

Counseling Resources

  • Individual counseling
  • Emergency crisis counseling
  • Mediation services
  • Career and personality assessment
  • Campus presentations
  • Community education and awareness programs
  • Referrals to community resources such as support groups, other professional counselors, treatment programs, and assessment
  • Online Mental Health Support Tool
  • Start Your Recovery

Location and Appointments

  • Counseling services are located upstairs in the Stamey Wellness Center.
  • Individual sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly basis for 50 minutes each, Monday through Friday, from 9 to 5:30 PM.
  • Visit counseling services in person or contact dasburg@brevard.edu, or call (828) 641-0597 to schedule an appointment.
  • For crisis or emergency situations after hours or on weekends, contact your Resident Advisor or Campus Security.

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