The Salisbury University counseling center continued to deal with the spillover effects of COVID-19 on mental health until the fall and is now providing reinforcements to help it in its efforts.
League counselor Cassidy Zeller said anxiety and depression are the main reasons students visit the center. These are two of the many challenges university students typically face.
“This age group is where many mental health issues may first arise,” Zeller said.
COVID-19 has also created unprecedented challenges for many. Returning to campus seems overwhelming for some students, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, heightened anxiety, and even grief.
To address these growing concerns, SU has partnered with TimelyMD, providing every college student with additional mental health support at no additional cost.
The service provides access to licensed physicians and counselors by phone, laptop and desktop. It is available for over 100 institutions nationwide.
Through the TimelyCare mobile app, students can choose from a diverse selection of virtual resources from licensed providers in all 50 states, without the need for insurance.
The program also offers 24-hour on-demand access to a healthcare provider who can treat common illnesses such as a cold, allergies, sinus infections, the flu and more.
Students can choose to meet with a specific supplier or choose the first one available. They can have consultations in five to 10 minutes, with the first 12 telehealth visits per year being free.
Although TimelyMD is offered to students, the counseling center is still able to help with mental health services. Zeller said students are always encouraged to schedule a consultation with the counseling center if necessary.
“If someone really wants in-person advice and is having a hard time finding it, or if they have issues in Salisbury that we know more about than an off-campus provider, we would do scheduled consultations.” , Zeller said. .
Last spring, Clarke Honors College student ambassadors founded a committee on mental health in response to COVID-19.
The committee formed to “help combat stress, anxiety and depression in its students,” according to The Saunterer, the Honors College newsletter.
While the committee itself does not offer professional help, it does promote mental health and wellness practices.
The committee has launched an ongoing program called “Honoring Yourself,” where students and faculty members can receive a positive handwritten card after being nominated by another student or staff member.
The committee also hosted a sound healing event with crystal bowls and singing bowls.
“It was a great way for people to relax before the finals,” said Carly Nascimbeni, committee chair. “We are planning to do something else similar because it was so well received last semester.”
“I’m actually going to be working with Jordan Suber, a teacher at SU who teaches yoga, and she’s going to start organizing yoga classes for us as well, so it’s on the way.”
Students can take advantage of mental health initiatives online and in person.
“I think the big deal is just trying to put your sanity first, whatever that means,” Zeller said. Whether it’s making sure you talk to someone you love every day or going for a walk or being outside, you just have to know what it is and give it a try. make sure to keep prioritizing it even when you are stressed.
Students can register for timecare services. com / salisbury by entering their name and SU email address.
By SOPHIA SMITH
Image courtesy of TimelyMD.