GHC offers mental health wellness – Six Mile Post

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Brittany Garwick

The Student Support Services bulletin board features some of the many resources available to students. Campus Floyd. February 02, 2022.

The college environment brings its own set of unique challenges to students that affect mental health. The pandemic has brought even more change to students and staff, with many events postponed, canceled or held remotely, causing staff and student isolation and social distancing.

Georgia Highlands is ready to help students with their mental wellness with programs offered through Student Support Service programs such as Thrive and the Wellness Hub.

Student Services Room in the McCorkle Bldg., Floyd Campus. February 02, 2022. (Photo by Brittany Garwick)

According to Penn State’s Center for Collegiate Mental Health, loneliness, isolation, loss of focus and loss of motivation are top concerns for college students during the pandemic. Anxiety and depression are two of the most common problems identified by medical professionals.

Dorothy Morgan, Advisor and Acting Principal, wants to ensure GHC students have equal access to mental health resources and disability services offered at the college. Meetings with Counseling or Disability Services staff are completely confidential.

“Privacy is very important and we’re really here to help,” Morgan said.

Kimberly Linek, Disability Specialist, Masters in Social Work, covers Disability Services for the Cartersville and Paulding sites, and Jenny Walker, Masters in Education, covers the Floyd, Marietta and Douglasville.

Students can apply for accommodations and disability assistance through the Student Support Services website.

Students have access to a variety of resources within the Student Support Services office. Floyd Campus February 02, 2022. (Photo by Brittany Garwick)

Morgan also encourages all students, faculty and staff to visit the Prosperous Support Tiles on the Student Support Services webpage.

The tiles offer a variety of services such as counselling, psychiatric services, personal student navigators, internet-based cognitive therapy, and a 24-hour helpline.

Students have 24/7 access to current mental health issues through free telehealth and in-person treatment sessions provided by a network of licensed medical professionals. Students can access this physician network anytime by calling 833-855-0082.

Students also have training opportunities, Suicide Group Survivors, Campus Jed, and Kognito programs available at no cost.

“We have a free mindfulness and mediation app for students, ‘Headspace,'” Morgan said. Students can get the “Headspace” app by visiting the Wellness Center Tab as part of student services.

The free “Mindfulness & Meditation” app can be found under the resources titled “Personal guide to health and happiness.

Additionally, the Cartersville site is home to Masters-level intern Marsha Brouard from the University of West Georgia. She is completing her counseling degree and doing her practicum at the Cartersville location on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Students can find support services at McCorkle Bldg.

“We really want students to come see it,” Morgan said.

Although mental health issues are not preventable, GHC provides a wealth of varied resources to encourage their students to thrive.

Student Support Services staff are available to provide student support Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Students can also email staff directly at [email protected].

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