Mental Health Resources

Lake Land College believes in supporting the success of our students on both a personal and academic level, and we know this all starts with their mental health and wellness. The college now has an on-site, full time mental health provider and has also partnered with TimelyMD, an online service providing free mental health counseling to current students.

If you or someone you love is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call Lifeline by dialing 988. This is a free and confidential crisis line available 24 hours a day.

For more information on our Mental Health Resources, contact:

Tom Moll
Coordinator of Mental Health Services
Luther Student Center, room 511

Ellie Haskett
Counselor for Student Accommodations & Mental Health Initiatives
Luther Student Center, room 443


TimelyCare Launch – Dru Howard

Lake Land College students have FREE, 24/7 access to virtual care services with TimelyCare — the virtual health and well-being platform from TimelyCare, designed for college students.

Students do not need insurance to access TimelyCare services.  As part of Lake Land’s partnership with TimelyCare, students have access to services in TimelyCare, including:

  • TalkNow: 24/7, on-demand emotional support to talk about anything, including anxiety, relationships, depression, and school-related stressors.
  • Scheduled Counseling: Choose the day, time, and mental health provider that best works for you. (6 visits per year)
  • Self-Care Content: Visit the “Explore” page within TimelyCare for guided self-care content, including yoga and meditation sessions, as well as group conversations with our providers on a variety of health and well-being topics.

Visit timelycare.com/lakeland to get started.

Crisis Services

Local Agency Partnerships

Lake Land College also partners with local service providers to ensure students have safe, confidential mental health services available locally. Additional resources are available at www.lakelandcollege.edu/counseling-services/crisis-and-community-resources/.

Heartland Human Services
1200 N. Fourth Street
PO Box 1047
Effingham, IL 62401
217-347-7179 Ext. 1016

750 Broadway Ave East
Mattoon, IL 61938

RISE Behavioral Health & Wellness
114 W. Houghton St.
Tuscola, IL 61953

Active Minds at Lake Land College

Active Minds at Lake Land College student club is a chapter of the national organization Active Minds. This chapter was created at Lake Land to allow a way for students to meet and work together in the pursuit of raising awareness for mental illness. Because this club is not only a club, but a national chapter, there are networking opportunities with 800+ universities and colleges across the nation. 

Active Minds V-A-R Training for Students

Basic V-A-R® is Active Minds’ everyday guide for helping other students who may be experiencing mental health issues. It’s about showing up for one another in everyday struggles. The letters V-A-R correspond to three steps: Validate, Appreciate and Refer. The steps are easy-to-understand, easy-to-do, and easy-to-remember. The V-A-R training provides a guide to listening and responding in a helpful way.

This three-step approach give students the skills they need to know what to say and do in those difficult moments. A conversation that includes the elements of “Validate, Appreciate, and Refer” is one that allows you to actively listen to someone you care about and help them cope. A conversation with you could make all the difference and prevent a crisis from developing later. With V-A-R, Active Minds lets everyone know that someone doesn’t need to be in a crisis to seek help; you don’t have to be an expert to provide help; and help can come in many different forms. Being there for someone in a moment of need is what it’s all about.

If you are interested in being part of Active Minds at Lake Land College or would like more information on V-A-R Training, please contact Student Life or email the club advisor, Tom Moll at tmoll@lakelandcollege.edu, phone 217-234-5380, Ellie Haskett at ehaskett@lakelandcollege.edu, phone 217-234-5259 or Wally Rubin, vrubin@lakelandcollege.edu, phone 217-234-5383.