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Distance Learners

Person to person counseling services are available to all currently enrolled UNF students. As a distance learner, you are eligible to receive an initial screening appointment, as well as additional center services through our office; however, these services are only available onsite, thus you must be able to travel to the Counseling Center to receive these services. If you are interested in making an initial appointment, please contact our office at 904-620-2602.

How do I know if I'm a distance learner?

At UNF, a distance learning course is defined as one in which at least 80 percent of the direct instruction of the course is delivered utilizing some form of technology when the student and faculty member are separated by time, space or both. For more information, visit the Distance Learning website at

If distance prohibits you from making an on-campus visit, we suggest the following resources:

  • Complete our Free and Anonymous online mental health screenings


  • If it is between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00am EST, and you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you may contact our after-hours crisis hotline by calling the Counseling Center at (904) 620-2602 and selecting option #2 when prompted.


  • Visit the self-help section of our website


  • View our recommended self-help apps page


  • Contact the Counseling Center by calling (904) 620-2602, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm EST and request a telephone consultation for additional support obtaining resources and/or referrals.


  • If you are having serious thoughts of harming yourself or another person, dial "911" or go immediately to the nearest Emergency Room for support.


If you are interested in obtaining counseling services in your area, we recommend exploring the following options:

  • Insurance: Most insurance carriers have referrals for mental health and substance abuse counseling centers. Information on how to navigate health insurance for mental healthcare services.


  • Local College or University Services: Some four-year colleges and universities staff a community clinic. These clinics may offer a sliding scale for payment.


  • Physicians: Your primary care physician may be able to provide you with a referral.


  • Personal Referral: You may be able to receive a recommendation from family or friends.


  • Employee Assistance Program: Your employer may offer Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits, which may allow you access to cost-free short-term or brief counseling as well as other professional services. Contact your employer's Human Resources department to check on the availability of EAP services.


  • United Way: By calling 211, your local United Way can provide referrals for counseling centers and services in your area. Referrals may be to a non-profit organization which may have a sliding scale for payment.


  • NBCC: The National Board of Certified Counselors will have a list of counselors in your area:


  • Psychology Today: Provides detailed professional listings for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Therapists, Counselors, Group Therapy and Treatment Centers in the United States and Canada: