NOTE: The student may be financially responsible for any tests which are recommended and not available in the Health Center. Also, you are responsible to understand the benefits and limitations of health insurance available to you. You are encouraged to apply for MediCal or Covered California if you are eligible. Refer to the section on health insurance.
The Student Health Center also provides mental health services. The following services are available to ensure that you have the support that you need while you are carrying on your education and career goals at Bakersfield College.
In a confidential atmosphere, let us help you explore your potential. Research supports that healthy behavior, thoughts, and emotions are part of a good education. Contact the center for more information at (661) 395-4336 or Campus Center Room 3.
If you are feeling suicidal or if you are concerned about someone, there is help available right now. A trained counselor is ready to talk to you and provide help.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
This a free 24-hour hotline. (Press 1 for a dedicated line for Veterans and their families. Para espanol, oprima 2.)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has TTY capability via one of its national call centers, which can be accessed by calling 1-800-799-4TTY (4889). You can also use the Text Crisis Text Line by texting Courage to 741741.
If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-11 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
The Bakersfield College community is becoming increasingly aware of the stress our students experience and the negative impact of that stress on their health and academic performance. To address this concern, California community colleges have adopted a series of online training simulations to assist students, faculty and staff in better identifying and connecting to support services on campus and in the community.
We recommend that you take any of the available 45-minute courses at ccc.kognito.com, which are already in use at over 400 colleges and universities.
Any student under the age of 18 is required to have a parental consent form signed before receiving treatment, except in emergencies or cases exempted by law. A copy of the Parental Consent Form can be obtained from the Student Health and Wellness Center.