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Free mental health services for students and university employees

Students who are struggling with a mental health issue can access free services, including individual and group counseling. Call 651-793-1568 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays to schedule an appointment.

Free mental health screenings are available through the Counseling Services webpage.

If you are a faculty or staff member struggling with a mental health issue, help is available through the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-657-3719.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Speakers to talk about their experiences with mental illness

On June 29, 4-5pm, on Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, Room 101, two speakers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness will be coming out to talk about their experience with mental illness and with attempted suicide. They will also be discussing what can be done to raise awareness about mental illness. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the average age of male students.  View the men’s health flyer below for more details.

MensHealthMonth

Questions? Contact:
Jodee Fitzgerald
651-793-1552
Founders Hall 240D
Jodee.Fitzgerald@metrostate.edu

Art therapy program for veterans with PTSD and related conditions

Art therapy may be an effective way to deal with the aftereffects of trauma such as depression, anxiety, social isolation, hypervigilance and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Join board-certified art therapists to work through the sources of trauma symptoms, learn new coping skills and build resilience.

Therapy sessions are 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Saturdays,  April 30 to July 16, and will be at Metropolitan State University, 700 East 7th St., Saint Paul. To register, e-mail robynalliah@outlook.com.

View program flyer.

Nov. 17: Mental Health Awareness event

The Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) of Metropolitan State hosts a Mental Health Awareness event, 4–5:30 p.m., Nov. 17 in Ecolab 302, Library and Learning Center, Metropolitan State, Saint Paul Campus. The event features guest speaker Cheryl Koenhen, chair of the local Mental Health Ambassador group for Mental Health Minnesota.

Attendees hear Koenhen speak about her efforts to reduce stigma related to mental illness, watch a short informational video and participate in a Q&A discussion. Refreshments are provided. Register at this link.

MSUSA student leaders across the state named mental health as a core issue that affects the lives of students. The organization is building awareness of this issue through events like this one all across the state.

Worried about stress, anxiety or depression?

Metropolitan State’s Counseling Services offers students a free and secure online questionnaire to identify stress, anxiety, depression and other problems that can interfere with academic, social and personal functioning. An experienced counselor reviews the questionnaires and sends a personal response to students over the website, including an assessment and any recommendations for follow-up. Students then have an opportunity to exchange online messages with the counselor using only a user ID, or set up a face-to-face meeting to talk to the counselor in more detail.

The questionnaire can be found at this link. To create your user ID and start the survey, click on the “New User Sign-Up” button. The user ID is the only way your responses are identified, making the process confidential. The online questionnaire and use of this service is voluntary. Your access to university services will not be affected in any way if you choose not to make use of this service.

If you have any questions contact Michael Peterson, Ph.D, Counseling Services, at 651-793-1568.

Mental Health Awareness Month

mentalhealthawarePeople living with a mental health condition fight stigma and misinformation all year long and this month is dedicated to addressing those issues. May has long been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month in an effort to increase education, support and advocacy for people with mental health challenges.

Finding ways to support mental health in a busy life can be difficult but laying the groundwork for a better support system can bring about big changes. Being connected to others can alleviate the effects of stress, depression, anxiety and a host of other health issues. Whether it’s a close circle of friends that can be called on in times of stress, a group of new acquaintances there to provide support in good times and bad or an anonymous online community, building and maintaining strong connections can improve your day-to-day life. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month