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Counseling

 COVID-19 and Mental Health

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for many people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause a wide range of thoughts, reactions, and emotions.

Common Reactions:

  • Anxiety, worry
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Difficulty staying motivated
  • Difficulty concentrating and sleeping
  • Anger

While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. 

  • Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and campus information. https://trine.edu/coronavirus/
  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by decreasing your COVID-19 information intake. Although you should get the facts and stay informed, remember to take a break and focus on the positive in your life or things you have control over. 
  • Stay Healthy. Adopt healthy hygienic habits: wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer frequently, cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Wear a mask in public spaces.
  • Seek Help. If your anxiety or worry is feeling overwhelming, seek additional help from our office counseling@trine.edu  to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.
  • Please be aware that Counseling Staff members do NOT constantly monitor their emails accounts, therefore email should NOT be used for emergencies. If your matter requires immediate assistance please contact Trine Campus Safety at 260-316-1877 if you are on campus or 911. If this is an after business hours mental health emergency, please contact the Parkview Student Assistance Crisis Line at 260-446-1867 to speak with a Counselor.
  • If the emergency is related to COVID-19 stress, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
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The following resources are also available:

Counseling Services is currently offering services virtually by phone/video. While in person appointments are available on an as needed basis, Virtual visits are encouraged.

Talk to a counselor/therapist from your own couch

Did you know that we offer video counseling services so you can meet with a therapist from the comfort of your own residence? We want to make it easy for you to get help.

Contact counseling@trine.edu or 260.665.4172 (Megan Cook) or 260.665.4183 (Tom Cantrell), 260.665.4809 (Shelly Edwards) to schedule an appointment. **If you do not have a private location, please indicate that and our team can make arrangements for you to utilize a private room for your Zoom appointment.**

Requirements

Here’s all that’s required for video counseling sessions:

  • You need to be physically located in Indiana during your appointment.
  • You need to have access to audio/video technology (a phone, tablet, or computer).
  • You need to have access to a confidential space for your sessions. *If you do not have a private location, please indicate that and our team can make arrangements for you to utilize a private room for your Zoom appointment.

Is video counseling right for you?

It’s convenient

There’s no need for you to travel to and from the UC LINK or to worry about getting to class before or after your appointment. Your counseling session can happen wherever you choose.

It’s comfortable

Sometimes it’s just easier to share private information when you’re in the comfort of your own space. With no need to come to the LINK you can even attend in your PJs!

Does this really work?

Online therapy services continue to be a growing trend. According to recent research, it’s just as effective for most issues and is a fine alternative to meeting with a counselor face-to-face. It will be helpful to the campus community as well in effort to practice appropriate social distancing.

Check out these tips for getting the most out of your session.

Tips for Virtual Visits

We now offer “virtual visits” so you can meet with a Clinician from the comfort of your residence. We want to make it easy for you to get help.

How to get the most out of your virtual visit:

  • Identify what you want to get out of the session or the most important topic to discuss – this helps you get the most out of your visit!
  • Choose a quiet place where you can be alone and without distractions (e.g., roommates), and close the door.
  • Use earbuds or keep the audio level low – this helps protect your privacy!
  • Sit upright instead of lying down – this helps you to be more engaged!

If you choose a video session:

  • Use your laptop instead of phone/tablet and place it on a table (not your lap), so that you are looking at the counselor at eye level.
  • Place a light source (e.g., window, lamp) behind your camera; this helps the counselor see your face.

Things to know

  • To protect your confidentiality, we use HIPPA compliant video software but using phone/video brings additional risks to confidentiality (e.g., being overheard by others who are around you, hacking).
  • To reduce risks to confidentiality, use a secure internet connection instead of public/free WiFi and use your personal laptop/phone instead of a shared device (e.g., someone else’s laptop).
  • You cannot record the virtual visit.

 

Other Services available

Contact your Community Mental Health Services provider to seek services local to you:

Northeastern Center 


OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

IN CRISIS (crisis = painful emotion for which you need support, does not have to be suicidal feelings):

  • Crisis Text Line – Text “HOME” to 741741 for FREE, confidential, 24/7 support
  • Young People of Color in Crisis (particularly college students)- Text “STEVE” to 741741
  • Trans Lifeline – 877-565-8860 in crisis or just need someone to talk; 24/7 free, confidential; peer support ran by trans people for trans & questioning callers
  • LookUpIndiana.org – 800-284-8439 or Text “LOOKUP” to 494949 or chat on line; confidential 24/7 

THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.
  • Trevor Project 866-488-7386, 24/7, free and confidential support; unique resources for LGBTQ youth

SUPPORTING A FRIEND RESOURCES:

Additional Resources:

Support is available, Feel free to contact Trine University Counseling Services counseling@trine.edu

 

 

The Student Counseling Services office is located on the second floor of the LINK in the Rick L. & Vicki L. James University Center. Office hours are 8 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday by appointment and crisis counseling is available as needed.

For more information on available resources, please visit the additional resources page.

It is the intent of Trine's counseling services to facilitate emotional and psychological development which can make a positive impact on academics, decision-making, and student retention. The counselor works to help students resolve problems that may impede personal, social, and academic functioning while emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment and overall wellness.

Students come to counseling for several different reasons including depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. In addition, it is quite common for students to experience overwhelming feelings of loneliness, isolation, disappointing academic results, and career indecision. Counseling services offers a healthy way to handle these challenges and stressors. The counselor will determine what services are the most appropriate for the student and if it is decided that the student's needs can be best met elsewhere, then a referral will be provided.

If you or someone you know would benefit from counseling services please contact one of the following to schedule an appointment:

Megan Cook
cookm@trine.edu
260.665.4172

Tom Cantrell
cantrellt@trine.edu
260.665.4183

Shelly Edwards
edwardss@trine.edu
260.665.4809 

Crisis counseling is available as needed after normal business hours through the Parkview Student Assistance Program 260.446.1867.