LSSU initiative seeks to enhance student accessibility to mental health services

Lake Superior State University Launches Uwill Initiative to Enhance Students’ Mental Health Support with Teletherapy and Crisis Support

Lake Superior State University is launching a new initiative called Uwill to enhance students’ access to mental health resources. This program will allow students linked to the university to easily access teletherapy and crisis support, connecting them with licensed therapists tailored to their individual needs. The initiative aims to supplement existing counseling services designed to identify and assist students experiencing mental health crises.

Recent survey data indicates that young adults and college students are facing increasing mental health challenges. Approximately 90 percent of adults believe the nation is confronting a mental health crisis that needs attention. Nearly half of college students surveyed felt they required help with mental health issues in the past year, yet a majority did not receive any counseling or therapy.

Expanding access to mental health support is also a key component of LSSU’s five-year strategic plan, which aims to enhance first-year student retention by bolstering support for first-generation, Pell Grant-eligible, and other underrepresented student populations. Anya Alexander, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, emphasizes that offering free clinical mental health counseling and support is an integral part of the university’s dedication to student success. By investing in teletherapy, LSSU aims to provide students with high-quality care and support tailored to their specific needs, thus enabling them to reach their full personal and academic potential.

The Uwill student and therapist matching platform has already been implemented at several other educational institutions nationwide.

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