Davenport University Expands Free Counseling Services to Students as Mental Health Needs Rise
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In response to the growing need for student mental health services, the University of Davenport recently announced that it has expanded its offering with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services on all campuses.
“In response to the needs of students, we are launching a new partnership with Pine remains to offer all students of Davenport University – regardless of their home campus – free personalized and confidential counseling services, ”President Richard Pappas said in an October 1 press release.
Increased mental health offerings with Pine Rest include free, confidential student counseling, including same-day support. This new service is at no additional cost to students, as it is integrated with tuition fees.
Pine Rest offers advice in the fall semester exclusively through teletherapy. The university plans to continue on-site meetings at its WA Lettinga campus in January or once social distancing requirements are lifted.
Davenport University has seen an increase in demand among students seeking counseling services in recent years, in line with the national trend.
According to a study by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Pennsylvania State University, between fall 2009 and spring 2015, requests for on-campus counseling increased nationally by five to six times the rate of enrollment.
Pre-pandemic data from the CDC shows that rising levels of depression and anxiety among 15-24 year olds has contributed to a 51% increase in suicide rates in this age group over the past 10 years .
During the time of COVID-19, many students face additional stress and uncertainty. Although actions such as social distancing are needed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC reports that they can also cause people to feel isolated and lonely, which in turn can increase anxiety levels. and stress.
“We want students to ask for support if they are feeling overwhelmed,” Pappas said. “The daily stresses of college life can be difficult, and the current pandemic has pushed students into unexplored situations at school, at home, and at work.”
Pine Rest clinicians will provide assessment and treatment services including therapy at all varsity sites, walk-in appointments at the WA Lettinga campus, student trainings, group therapy, response to crises and more.
Because of this new partnership, students will all enjoy the same benefits – including up to 12 teletherapy sessions – regardless of their home campus, said Kassy Clark, Campus Life coordinator.
Students will also have access to a 24/7 help line. Clark said on-call counselors will be available to provide service within 60 minutes, especially helpful for those who may be between sessions and need additional support.
Clark suggests that the students take advantage of this new opportunity and participate in more than one therapy session while they find a therapist who works well for them. She also suggests that students get therapy regularly, even when they are feeling well.
“Having the extra support through the trials and tribulations of what college life brings is a huge benefit,” Clark said.
“So during these tough days… you already have some great tools in your back pocket that you can use to get through those tough days and then navigate those good days with ease. “
In addition to counseling, Pine Rest also offers online resources on a variety of topics, including parenting during COVID-19, stress management tips, and setting realistic expectations during tough times.
by Davenport Center for Campus Life The Student Affairs team is also available to assist students with unforeseen crises including death in the family, short-term illness, and other life stressors that impact student success. .
Since the onset of COVID-19, Clark has said his Campus Life team has responded to many requests for wellness and for comprehensive assistance to students experiencing unique situations.
“(We) will work in partnership with these students to ensure that they can still achieve their academic goals and be successful as a student even when obstacles arise.”
Davenport has also registered student organizations focused on mental wellness, a meditation and sensory room available during exam week and yoga events throughout the year.
Students can contact [email protected] for support other than counseling.
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