Author: Abby Van Buren

Mental Health Services struggles to meet demand for individual counseling

UVU’s Mental Health department continues to expand its services to meet the needs of the growing student body; however, some students are not getting the individual help they need due to increasing waitlists. “For a while now, I’ve been experiencing difficulties from emotional issues [and] anxiety and depression to a point where I felt I had expended my options of coping with it. I decided I needed help from the UVU health center at the beginning of the semester,” according to a student who preferred to remain anonymous. She and other students have expressed concerns that they can’t meet...

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Stress management and self­-care discussed at Preventative Outreach Program presentations

The Mental Health department has rolled out its new Preventative Outreach Program, which covers a wide range of topics for students to benefit from. A presentation about stress management took place Feb. 22 in the Fulton Library and a self-care presentation was held on Feb. 8 in the Classroom Building. The program is designed to improve the mental health and wellness of students and the community. William Todd, a staff psychologist who hosted the stress management presentation, explained that stress is not always a bad thing and that it can actually help one perform better, if stress is at...

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Laura Carlson accepts position as new Title IX coordinator

Laura Carlson has accepted the position as UVU’s new Title IX coordinator and EEO/Affirmative Action director effective Feb. 1. Carlson has received nationally recognized training in Title IX and has extensive experience working within employee relations with Senior Professional in Human Resources recognition, according to an email announcement made by Linda Makin, UVU’s vice president for Planning, Budget & Human Resources. “Laura and her team are committed to ensuring that UVU maintains a respectful and safe environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors by providing education/training, resolving concerns, and investigating reports of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and sexual misconduct in...

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Outreach program takes proactive approach toward mental health

Instead of waiting for a crisis to happen, UVU’s Mental Health department is proactively providing mental health education and assistance to all students and staff with the new Preventative Outreach Program (POP). Lead by mental health therapists, these POP presentations cover topics such as time management, self-care, study skills, stress management, relationships, emotions, depression and anxiety and the science of happiness. “While each individual is unique, these themes have been identified by our student population as the most frequent concerns,” said Marci Young, POP coordinator and mental health therapist. Any staff or faculty are welcome to host the presentation...

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Reflection Center offers safe space for deep questions

Photo by Abby Van Buren   UVU’s Reflection Center invites every student to engage in self-exploration while sipping on their beverage of choice during Cocoa, Coffee & Convo every Thursday. The weekly event began Jan. 11 of this year as a way to encourage open conversations between students of all backgrounds. Students are invited to observe their experiences and stories, as well as those of others, in order to make connections. “Ultimately, even if we have different values… we can relate to people and what they say,” Ellie Thompson, the Reflection Center coordinator, said.   The inspiration for this...

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