SUNY Schools Offering More Access to Mental Health Services
2020 has been a year for the records books. It's safe to say this year really has done a number to us physically and mentally.
We've all had our own ways of dealing with the stress of Coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control says "Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety."
Add in going back to college during a pandemic is another a layer of stress that no one was prepared for.
ABCNY 7 is reporting that SUNY schools are expanding their mental health services as students get back into their back to school groove.
According to ABCNY, Schools Chancellor Jim Malatras explained that "every student at SUNY's 64 campuses will have access to a network of more than 6,000 licensed mental health service providers."
In a statement Malatras shared the following:
"This pandemic has put a lot of stress on individuals especially our students. Initiatives like this are important so students can focus on their wellness and then on their studies."
The initiative is driven by a mobile app that will help break down barriers that students may come up against when trying to reach out for help. Not only will they have an app available, but they will also " expand a peer-to-peer assistance hotline operated by the University at Albany."
SUNY explains that students can use the app even if they aren't in a crisis.
If you or someone you know is having trouble coping with the stress of the pandemic, the CDC has a list of available hotline numbers or organizations that can help you navigate through these uncertain times.
As always you can share the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English, 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish.