a red and blue hand embracing with words flowing through each (connect, cooperate, negotiate, bridge, reach out)As members of Lafayette’s campus community, faculty and staff all have a vital role in encouraging students to care for their mental health and well-being. There will be many opportunities at the start of the spring semester to check-in with students and remind them that they don’t have to face the challenging times alone as they work toward their personal and academic goals.

Students can seek support and care for their mental health in a variety of ways. Here are a few resources that you might consider sharing.

The Counseling Center offers a variety of workshops and groups each semester. Topics this semester include developing healthy relationships, addressing social anxiety and patterns of perfectionism, as well as learning mindfulness, affect regulation, and distress tolerance skills.

In addition, drop-in consultation hours are available 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for students who would like to consult with a counselor. Drop-in sessions are solution-focused consultations that are available on a first come, first serve basis. No appointment is needed. Students can simply stop by the second floor of the Bailey Health Center or call 610-330-5005.

Students also have 24/7 access to an online, peer-to-peer mental health community where they can receive and provide support anonymously. Togetherall is monitored by mental health professionals to ensure a safe and inclusive community. This resource is available 365 days a year no matter where the student is located. Students can join Togetherall for free today!

Please remind students that mental health support is always available! Even when the Counseling Center is closed, students can speak with a crisis counselor by calling our main number 610-330-5005.

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