All SKC students are affected by the pandemic and will experience a range of impacts on their mental health. Measures intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus have also led to experiences of anxiety, 恐惧, 悲伤, 和不确定性. These emotional reactions are normal responses to an unexpected and scary situation. 社交距离的影响, 孤独, 隔离, 经济损失, 悲痛将继续折磨着我们所有人. For those with previous histories of trauma or mental disorders, the pandemic could exacerbate symptoms or contribute to a new episode of a mental health disorder that had been stable. CPW remains committed to supporting the SKC community and will continue to provide counseling and outreach to students and consultation services to faculty and staff.
Although the number of cases and loss of life has been less in Montana compared to other parts of the country and world, 许多学生都受到悲伤和失去亲人的影响. They are working to continue their education while they are cut off from their usual support systems, which may typically be an important part of the grieving process. Some students may be feeling unsafe as they 恐惧 or experience discrimination and/or bias incidents related to the pandemic. Many students are dealing with significant financial stressors, 食品不安全, 缺乏住房, 以及其他经济压力因素. Each of these may contribute to the need for more professional mental health support.
CPW provides access to clinical services via telemental health. 学生 who contact CPW are connected with a counselor via telephone or zoom. 在那次约会中, the counselor conducts a brief assessment to ensure the student is appropriate for the telemental health modality and helps them get established for ongoing telemental health appointments with a CPW counselor. These sessions take place over a video conferencing platform. 学生 complete necessary forms online in advance of the appointment through a secure web component.
While telemental health is an important option and has certainly helped many students during this time, 对许多人来说，这也不太理想. 学生 may struggle to have a stable internet connection, lack a private space in which they can share the most intimate and private details of their lives, 或者在一个不安全的环境中. 这些挑战, 和其他人, are important considerations as CPW considers future services and the role of telemental health as a service option.
CPW will continue to prioritize telemental health options for students seeking mental health services. Two senior staff clinicians will be available throughout the summer to respond to any urgent situations via telemental health. CPW 以及社区伙伴 will work together to triage and schedule appointments as needed. Clinicians will conduct a brief assessment and schedule follow-up telemental health appointments. Crisis procedures have been considered and determined in collaboration with the Campus CERT Team, 校园关怀小组, 以及社区伙伴.