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Stressed? Counseling resources are available

By William Iavarone, Director of Student Counseling

Remote learning is always challenging; remote learning at the end of a pandemic can be especially challenging, given that some people you know may be returning to normal, and you just are not ready yet.

Your concerns are valid; however, this unique stress can take a toll on your academics. It can also strain your social and emotional well-being and has the potential to create a sense of loneliness.

I want to bring your attention to a variety of mental health resources you have access to remotely. The amount of services can be overwhelming, so we strongly recommend completing the Screening Tool, as it provides you with a snapshot of your mental health. Your snapshot is color-coded and is easily matched to effective resources through our self-guided case management resource.

All the following services are free.

One of our resources (TAO) also provides a brief educational video about well-being during COVID-19 that might help.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services is open every academic day from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Appointments are scheduled in advance by emailing Cheri Mizaur or calling 309-794-7357. There are both male and female counselors, and tele-therapy is always an option if you live in most U.S. states. 

TalkNow provides immediate 24/7 access to mental health support wherever you are. TalkNow is accessed through Students.Care or by downloading the TimelyMD app through the App store or Google Play. When signing up, you must use your email address. TalkNow can be used internationally as long as you have a U.S. phone number or a U.S. VPN.

Students.Care provides free virtual counseling appointments with a licensed professional. Students.Care is accessed through the website or by downloading the TimelyMD app through the App store or Google Play. When signing up, you must use your email address.

TAO includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises, and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals and improve your well-being. To sign up, just use your email in the sign-up section. 
Director of student well-being and resiliency

Farrah Roberts is Augustana’s director of student well-being and resiliency. She has long-standing office hours. Please, email her or call 309-794-2684 to schedule an appointment.
Well-being Labs

Well-being Labs are educational groups organized by the Learning Commons, Student Counseling Services, and the director of student well-being and resiliency. Here is a list for spring semester. Most labs have a virtual offering.

Mental health hotlines

Mental health hotlines are phone resources for emergencies and other specific situations or concerns. If you are in immediate crisis, call Public Safety at 309-794-7711 or dial 911.
Augustana’s self-care resources

Self-care provides links to different activities and practices that will boost your overall sense of well-being through different apps, techniques, books, support groups, and online programs

Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more information.

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