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LSSU initiative focuses on expanding student’s access to mental health services

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Apr 4, 2024

Lake Superior State University is introducing a new initiative aimed at providing students with improved access to mental health resources. The platform, called Uwill, will offer students connected to the university the opportunity to easily access teletherapy and crisis support, connecting them to licensed therapists tailored to their individual needs. This new program complements the existing counseling services in place to identify and assist students who are facing mental health crises.

University officials at LSSU are backing this initiative due to the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges among young adults and college students, as indicated by recent survey data. With around 90 percent of adults believing that there is a mental health crisis in the country that needs addressing, it is clear that mental health support is a critical component of student well-being.

Nearly half of college students surveyed have expressed a need for help with mental health issues in the past year, yet a majority never received access to counseling or therapy. Recognizing the importance of mental health services, LSSU is including increased access to mental health support as part of its five-year strategic plan, focusing on improving first-year student retention and expanding support for students from underrepresented demographics.

Anya Alexander, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at LSSU, emphasized the significance of providing clinical mental health counseling and support to students as a crucial part of their commitment to student success. By investing in teletherapy, the university aims to deliver high-quality care, treatment, and support that caters to the unique needs of individual students, enabling them to achieve their full personal and academic potential.

The Uwill student and therapist matching platform has been implemented at various other schools across the nation, demonstrating a growing awareness of the importance of mental health resources in a university setting.

By editor

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