Not all students want or need on-going counseling and may just need a one-time meeting to get some input on smaller problems. Let's Talk allows students the opportunity to have a quick consultation with a CPS counselor who can provide their professional insight, as well as assist with referrals to CPS or other campus resources. 

Students can simply drop in at any of the Let's Talk locations below to chat. There are no appointments necessary, and consultations are on a first-come, first-served basis. If you arrive at a Let's Talk location during the designated time and the door is closed, please knock so the counselor knows your'e there. When they are finished with their current meeting they'll open the door and see you next.

Please note that Let's Talk services and locations are not intended for crisis situations or on-going counseling. To receive those CPS services, please call or stop into our main office at 406-994-4531 or 211 Swingle, above Medical Services. Let's Talk is for non-crisis consultation regarding smaller questions/issues.


Times and Locations Fall 2020           

Due to COVID, Let's Talk for Spring 2020 will cease: Check back in the Fall for the Schedule!:




FAQ about Let's Talk

What is Let’s Talk?

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential conversations with counselors from CPS on a drop in basis during designated hours at various sites around campus. There is no appointment necessary and no fee for the service.


Who should visit Let’s Talk?

This service is open to all MSU students. Let's Talk is the best fit for students who:

  1. are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor;
  2. are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  3. have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through;
  4. have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

It is NOT appropriate for students in crisis, or in place of regular counseling sessions.


What happens during a Let’s Talk visit?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to talk about whatever is important to them. The counslor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. If the counselor is busy with a student when you arrive, please knock to let them know you are there and then take a seat outside the door and they will assist you as soon as they can.


How is Let’s Talk different from services provided a CPS?

Staff at CPS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 50 minute appointments. Let's Talk is not formal counseling - it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal conversation with a clinician that lasts 10-20 minutes.


I think I have a problem and counseling could be helpful but I’m unsure. Would going to Let’s Talk help me figure this out?

Yes! The counselor will talk you through your issue and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it may be possible to meet with them at CPS more regularly, but you may wish to see the first available counselor to expedite your services at the main office.


Are Let’s Talk visits confidential?

Conversations with Let's Talk counselors are confidential, with very rare exceptions. Clinicians may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. We will ask you to read and sign a brief informed consent page on the laptop so you have a full understanding of confidentiality before your Let's Talk meeting begins. Please feel free to ask about any questions you may have regarding confidentiality. 


 Can I go to any Let’s Talk site?

Students may visit any Let’s Talk site that is convenient to them, though our Hedges site is restricted to students who live in the residence halls who will have access by swiping their Cat Card to gain entry into the building. There are no  access issues or restrictions at any of the other Let's Talk locations.


I’m currently seeing a counselor at CPS but would like to see someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact your counselor directly to see if they can see you sooner. If they cannot see you sooner, and you cannot wait for your scheduled appointment, please call the CPS front desk to see what same-day appointment options are available.


If I was referred to a community provider, can I just use Let's Talk instead?

Since regular, ongoing counseling visits are not available at Let's Talk, following up with the referral is strongly suggested. If you need any assistance with accessing off-campus services, please call CPS at 406-994-4531 and request an appointment with our Care Manger.


Can my non-student partner go to Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk services are intended to be used by current MSU students. However, you may come to Let's Talk with your partner to obtain referrals and additional resources. 


I am faculty or staff, can I use Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk services are intended to be used by current MSU students. However, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by to consult about a student of concern.


I’m in crisis, can I go to Let’s Talk for immediate assistance?

If you need immediate assistance, please call 911 and University Police can assist you. If you are in a mental health crisis during regular business hours, please call our front desk (994-4531) to be seen in a crisis hour rather than go to Let’s Talk. If it is after hours, utilize the 24-hour Help Center line (406-586-3333), the National Lifeline (800-273-8255) or Crisis Text Line (741741).


What else do I need to know about Let’s Talk?

Although Let's Talk counselors are professional mental health providers, Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal, on-going counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk counselors provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it's like to speak with a counselor. Let's Talk clinicians can help you determine whether formal counseling at CPS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.