Mental Health Center moves

Students, staff, and faculty tour have the chance to tour the new mental health center in Curtiss 112. Coffee and pastries were available for visitors to enjoy while there. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

The Mental Health and Wellness Center (MHWC) held an open house to welcome students to its new office. The center was temporally on the 3rd floor of Curtiss while renovations were happening to the old office.

Kelly Thompson, interim Director for the MHWC, explained the changes that were made.

“We now have a large waiting area for students, a space for the secretary and student worker up front,” Thompson said “Also, we have two administrative offices and seven clinician offices. We have created a comfortable and safe space for students from the soft yellow walls to beautiful scenic pictures from campus.”

The open house was a chance for students and staff to see the changes that were made.

“We welcomed our guests with wonderful treats such as cookies, brownies and hot cider,” she said. “We provided a sheet with pictures and bios of our clinicians. We also gave each guest a personal tour and shared with them are current offerings both verbally and by handouts of current events. We also have brochures available on topics such as depression, anxiety, transitioning to college, and relationships.”

Overall, Thompson said it was a success.

“We were beyond excited from the turnout of our open house,” she said. “We had a wonderful mix of staff, fac- ulty and administration from various departments as well as students. The feedback was very positive and as important as the new space everyone was very excited about our vision and mission to serve our students.”

Thompson wanted students to leave knowing the services that are available to them, including individual counseling.

“We offer free individual counseling for all SVSU students,” she said. “We also provide workshops and groups at various times throughout the year. We also do outreach events for faculty and students upon request. We also provide services for students in the area of alcohol education.”

They also offer help specifically for depression and anxiety as well as a new crisis line.

“We are also proud of providing Well Track which is an interactive self-help therapy tool for managing depression and anxiety,” Thompson said. “Also, we have new this year a 24/7 service for students who may find themselves in crisis. They can call and be connected with a licensed professional and be directed to services in time of need.”

The center currently offers both in person and teletherapy services that students can choose from.

“Students can call us during regular business hours or email us to make an appointment,” she said. “Once the initial contact is made the student will be sent a link to fill out paperwork to give us some brief information about themselves as well as sign a consent for treatment to be seen. Once signed, the student will be given an appointment with a clinician. We offer both in person and teletherapy services.”

Overall, Thompson said she wants the new center to be a place all students can go to for help. She wants everyone to leave feeling heard.

“Our first and foremost goal is to serve our SVSU students who may be dealing with various life challenges in a safe and caring environment,” she said. “It is important to me that all our students leave feeling seen.”

Alyssa McMillan

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