KOKOMO, Ind. — Mental health awareness – Indiana University Kokomo believes it’s an important issue worth investing in.
In just a year since Chelsi Day, licensed psychologist, arrived on campus, programs implemented through her office have had a positive effect on campus. The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps by providing a wide range of mental health programs and workshops for students.
“I enjoy working for a campus that recognizes the need for mental health awareness,” Day said. “Knowing that the university is investing in the well being of our students makes my job more satisfying.”
The campus has seen an 18 percent increase in the utilization of the counseling at this point during the school year. Twenty-five percent of students who attend the counseling center were told about the services or referred by a friend.
“We strive to make sure the students basic needs are met so that they can then place energy into school,” said Day. “Helping people cope with stress and manage mental health issues allows them to better free up psychological energy to be able to approach and engage in school work.”
College can be seen as a time of multitasking, stress, and making decisions for the future. At IU Kokomo, many students commute from one of the 14 counties the campus serves. Students have to add travel time, part-time or full time jobs, families, and finances to their college equation. Adding tests, projects, and presentations to the mix can all add up to create stress, anxiety, and much more.
CAPS offers one-on-one appointments with Day for all mental health issues as well as workshops for Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) preparation for nursing students, time management assistance, stress management, and test taking strategies. The office also engages in preventative outreach efforts by bringing in a therapy dog to ease exam stress, depression screening, and many more resources that screen for and provide information about different aspects of mental health.
To make an appointment with Dr. Day, contact the CAPS Office at 765-455-9364 or stop by in the Student Affairs suite in 234 Kelley Student Center. The office is in 234G.
Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is a student writer in the Office of Media & Marketing.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.