Counseling support services empowers students to define and achieve their personal, social, and educational goals.
The most common challenges that counselors address with students include:
- Adjustment to college and other life stressors
- Depression / suicidal ideation
- Balancing demands of school, family, work, etc.
- Physical violence/domestic violence
- Relationship issues
- Body image / eating disorders
- Grief and loss issues
- Family conflict / family member issues
- difficulty with alcohol and/or drugs
- Recovery support
- Test anxiety
- Decision making / goal setting
- Stress management
- Time management/procrastination
- Study skills
- Homelessness / basic needs
- Connection to community resources
- Food insecurity
- Short-term individual counseling sessions to assist students with personal and academic concerns.
- Connection services – Linking students to resources needed both on campus and in the community
- Counseling support staff foster and maintain a comprehensive community referral system to connect students directly with off campus agencies
- Direct linkage available for resources related to: housing, food insecurity, transportation, mental health care, recovery support, intimate partner violence, LGBTQIA support, and emergency funding
- Consultation services – meant to provide support and guidance to assist the college administration, faculty, and staff with supporting student academic success. This includes:
- Assisting college administration, faculty, and staff in the critical area of crisis planning and intervention.
- Coordinating with a team of campus wide supports to identify and provide behavioral and crisis interventions as needed.
- Maintain collaborative working relationships with local mental health professionals, crisis services, coalitions and task forces, to coordinate treatment services and referrals.
- Provide training to the campus community for recognizing and assisting students in need of resources.
- Consulting in various ways including classroom assistance as requested. For example, consultations with instructors, classroom observation, etc.
- Providing activities, groups, and other information to raise awareness on various topics including: stress management, mental health, recovery, community resources, etc.
- Reach Out – suicide prevention
Reach Out is a suicide prevention initiative (HB 28) created to assist you in making choices when responding to individuals in emotional distress, those at risk for suicide and those who may exhibit disruptive behavior.
ULifeline is an on line resource for college mental health. Resources include a free screening for anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and alcohol and substance use. There is also information on self-care, facts about mental illness, and how to help someone you care about who may be struggling emotionally. Take some time and check out this valuable resource!
For more information about services or to schedule an appointment:
Contact Elizabeth Inkinen Schehl PCC-S at Ext. 4219, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by room B230g to schedule an appointment. For services at SSC Akron please stop by A113e or the front Gateway office to schedule an appointment.
If you are in a counseling emergency 24/7, please call the Stark County Crisis Center at 330-452-6000, Summit County at 330-493-9144 , the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 988 or the Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741-741. Services are provided at no cost to Stark State College students.