During the Student Government Association’s general assembly meeting on Tuesday evening, Dr. Thomas Segar, IUP’s Vice President of Student Affairs, announced new mental health resources to compliment IUP’s counseling center.
These additional resources include Togetherall, an online mental health service, and new group counseling services.
Togetherall was founded in 2007 and services millions in the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand. The service provides a completely anonymous platform for community members to assist each other, keep journals, and plan goals. The application is useful for those experiencing common issues such as stress, isolation, anxiety among others. The service is active “24/7” and students can use their IUP email address to register for free.
Additionally, four therapy groups are planned for this semester and are currently accepting new students. Each group will meet in Center for Health and Well-Being’s Counseling Center in room G-31.
The groups are as follows: The Men’s Connection Project, which meets Mondays from 4 to 5 pm and services people who identify as male or masculine; Femme Fusion, which meets Tuesdays from 2 to 3:30 pm and services people who identify as female or feminine; Life Skills for Stressful Times, which meets Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 pm, and is open to anyone who needs help managing everyday stressors; and Understanding Self and Others, which meets Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 pm and is open to anyone who wishes to discover new perspectives on their identity.
The Men’s Connection Project, Femme Fusion, and Understanding Self and Others are “closed” groups, meaning these groups will not accept new members after the intake process is complete. Life Skills for Stressful Times is always open, and students may come and go as they need.
Students who wish to take advantage of these groups can call the Counseling Center by phone at 724-357-2621 or email email@example.com.
When asked about other potential services Dr. Segar explained that the administration is monitoring the success of Togetherall before undertaking new projects.
“We have a lot of faith that it will be a good resource for students,” Dr. Segar said.
SGA president Abigail Hancox (sophomore, political science), who spoke with IUP president Michael Driscoll earlier in the semester about student wellness, believes this is a step in the right direction.
“I think any new resources that opens new avenues for students, especially for those who don’t necessarily feel comfortable attending sessions in the counseling center,” Hancox said, “is a great thing.”
Other business discussed includes increasing student involvement in athletic games through a dedicated student section or social media campaigns, National Voter Registration Day, and an above normal increase in students applying for accommodations in the department of disability access and advising (D2A2).
SGA general assembly meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Elkin Hall’s Great Room.