The Firebird Flex is Carthage’s model to empower students in their journey to take care of their well-being. It provides students with the right level of resources based on their presenting needs. Students can identify different resources in the model that can be a part of their wellness plan. You are not alone, and the Carthage community is here to help.

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Taking care of our mental health is an important job. Carthage offers a lot of resources for students to engage in independent wellness practices, which means — things we do for ourselves to take care of ourselves.


Feeling connected and having a sense of belonging are an important part of mental wellness. Connecting with different programs or organizations around Carthage can be helpful for your well-being.

Campus Supports:

Peer Supports:

Increasing your resilience and gaining skills to cope with challenges can be very helpful. Participating in workshops, watching speakers who come to campus, or attending a brief walk-in appointment at the Health and Counseling Center are great examples of this.


  • Mental Health Workshops
  • Aspire Workshops
  • Mental Health First Aid Training
  • NAMI Hearts and Minds Workshop
  • Be There Certificate
  • Community speakers
  • Campus presentations
  • Walk-in appointments at the Health and Counseling Center

When things get tough, talking to a friend, mentor, or coach can be a great way to get a different perspective. Attending a process group through the Health and Counseling Center can also be helpful in getting guided support from peers and/or a counseling professional.


  • Campus support groups
  • Talking to a friend or family member
  • Talking to a mentor, coach, or RA
  • Talking to a student success advisor, academic advisor, career specialist, equity coach, etc.

This type of care is for those who need ongoing support for their mental wellness. This can include talk therapy or medication management.


For individuals experiencing severe mental health symptoms, or those needing more specialized care, connecting to a provider in the community can be especially helpful. If someone is in crisis, the Health and Counseling Center can assist that person in getting the help they need.