Stress, worry, anxiety… these feelings affect nearly all college students as they work towards completing a degree. We hear about mental health conditions from friends, family and coworkers, and many people are bound to know at least one person affected by these conditions. But it is also a topic that college students rarely talk about with their peers or families for fear of being stigmatized. SUNY is taking action against these issues.
In 2018, The SUNY Office of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs coordinated a mental health telecounseling pilot. The pilot was designed to assist with the increasing amount of students that apply for mental health services in order to reduce the wait time for those seeking service and support. Four campuses participated in this pilot phase: SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Onondaga Community College, as well as Upstate Medical University who provided physicians, psychologists, and nurse practitioners.
The pilot program was help from January-June 2018, was proven to be successful for college students who were referred to the program by their counselors. The pilot program helped the mental health services on campuses along with students, who may prefer the confidence of their rooms while in a telecounseling session.
With the telecounseling pilot program being a success, support of the program has grown. Now it is gaining momentum and setting up to grow throughout all SUNY campuses. If you would like to learn more about the mental health telecounseling program, read our full feature to discover the details:
Tiffanie is a Social Media Assistant Intern at SUNY System Administration. She is a senior at SUNY Albany double-majoring in Psychology and Communications.