What is Comet Chat?

This program is designed to be a drop-in brief informal mental health consultation. It is for students here at UTD who may want to talk to a mental health professional from the Student Counseling Center to get their perspective on current concerns. This program is not designed to replace counseling or other mental health interventions; however it is to give students the space to connect with professionals that can offer solutions, support, and resources.

Comet Chat consultations are

  • One-on-one, 15 minute informal consultation with a staff from Student Counseling Center (SCC)
  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Sign up for a slot online
  • Comet Chat benefits students who are:

  • not sure what counseling is and want to get more information on the counseling process.
  • not interested in ongoing counseling but would like a brief consultation from a professional.
  • concerned about a friend and would like support and guidance.
  • interested in resources in the community or on campus.
  • *Comet Chat is not for:

  • Students who are having a mental health or medical emergency/crisis.
  • Students wanting psychiatric services.
  • Students who are interested in ongoing counseling, group counseling, or couple counseling
  • *Students interested in ongoing services would need to contact Student Counseling Center by emailing [email protected]. We will respond to your message within 1-2 working days.

    If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911

    If you are in crisis and need to speak to a mental health professional, call UTD TALK (972)-883-8255(24 hrs a day/7 days a week)

    Signing Up for Comet Chat

    Sign up for available Comet Chat times HERE

    How to prepare for a virtual session

  • Create a Microsoft Teams account utilizing your UTD netid and password (if applicable)
  • Ensure you have a working computer/phone and wi-fi (if needed)
  • Find a private and quiet space where you feel comfortable talking
  • Be available and ready to engage in session at your scheduled day/time
  • Please be prepared and available for your consultation appointment at your chosen time slot. If you have signed up for a phone consultation, you will receive a phone call from phone number starting with 972-883-XXXX
  • Disclaimer

  • Comet Chat is an informal consultation only. It is not counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment.
  • There are limitations to confidentiality- Comet Chat consultants are also required by law to report: when there is an imminent threat of harm to you or others, Comet Chat counselors are required by law to report this. When a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated is being abused or neglected, Comet Chat conversations are not part of students’ releasable records.
  • If your Comet Chat consultant assesses that you could benefit from a higher level of care, every effort will be made to refer you to other appropriate resources at the university and surrounding community.
  • Comet Chat is modeled in part with the help of “Let’s Talk” program at OSU.