Ethan Ehrenhaft ’20
The Davidson Center for Student Health and Well-Being is working to adapt to the unique set of mental health challenges arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Changes include a new webpage for COVID-19 -related resources and a shift to remote counseling meetings via Zoom beginning Monday, March 23rd.
Faced with social distancing, self-quarantine, and anxiety brought on by the pandemic, Americans are adopting new strategies for mental health care. Over the past month, mental health apps such as Headspace and Sanvello have seen surges in usage, according to the MIT Technology Review. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a page outlining strategies for coping with fear and stress brought about by the outbreak.
“This is an opportunity for all of us to begin to work on some skills for when we’re by ourselves and things that we can do to help our mental health,” Director of Student Counseling & Health Dr. David Graham said. “We’ve always used technology as a nice thing to escape to, but I don’t think for most of us it’s been our go-to [for social interaction]. So that’s going to be really different.”
Dr. Graham noted that Davidson counselors cannot provide remote therapy to students residing outside of North Carolina due to legal constraints, as of now. However, counselors can still hold remote meetings with out-of-state students to provide consultation and case management work. A priority for the Center is helping these students find licensed therapists in their local areas, according to Dr. Graham. The Center normally conducts this process every year in April before students return home for the summer or study abroad; however the search for local practitioners will now begin early due to the outbreak.
All students who received counseling services at Davidson will receive email updates on the changes implemented by the Center for Student Health and Well-Being. An FAQ on the Center’s COVID-19 page lists mental health and wellness tips for dealing with the pandemic. Students may call the Center at 704-894-2300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions or schedule a counseling appointment.