Mental Health Resources

Mental health is of critical importance for the success of USU students. On May 2, Mark McLellan, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, addressed graduate students in a letter and asked them to make mental and emotional health a priority in their lives.

If you or someone you know is experiencing struggles with mental health, it is important to recognize the limits of your ability to personally assist and to know when other resources can best help. Seek assistance if someone you know:

  • Is no longer able to function in his or her normal capacity within class, or has experienced a significant drop in grades or academic performance.
  • Appears unable to cope with his or her day-to-day activities and responsibilities.
  • Expresses depressive symptoms, such as sleep disturbance, sudden weight loss or gain, crying spells, fatigue, loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities, or inability to concentrate or complete tasks.
  • Expresses severe anxiety symptoms, such as feelings of panic, shortness of breath, headaches, sweaty palms, dry mouth, or racing thoughts.
  • Has suicidal thoughts or feelings.
  • Has few friends or family he or she can talk to about pressing concerns. (This person may not need counseling, but might benefit from a support group.)

What to say:

If you believe someone needs help, keep these three key points in mind:

  • Express concern. Empathetically point out the behaviors that are causing you concern. It is important to address a person’s need to seek help. However, it is equally important to reassure them that everyone goes through hard times, and you understand and care about him or her.
  • Destigmatize. Discuss mental health professional support in a friendly, welcoming way. Point out that you have confidence in the office or in its therapists, or that you’ve known others who have had positive interactions with that resource.
  • Talk about options. There are a multitude of resources available. Talk about options that may best serve the particular person you’re working with, and the particular difficulties he or she is having.

 

Resources

USU provides mental health assistance in three general areas:

  1. Providing access to health services
  2. Normalizing mental health
  3. Educating faculty, staff and students

Providing access to health services

Utah State University has several available on-campus resources for students, and is in the process of increasing access and reducing wait times for this assistance.

USU Resources

Utah State University is hiringtwo new counselors for Counseling and Psychological Services and continuing funding for mental health consultations at the Health and Wellness Center

Community Resources

Cache Valley also provides additional assistance for local residents, which students also have access to.

Students with health insurance also have access to other medical resources for mental health. Any student working for the university, including via assistantships, can opt in and receive United Healthcare insurance, which covers mental health services

Services You May Need Your Cost if You Use a Preferred Provider Your Cost if You Use an Out of Network Provider Limitations & Exceptions
Mental/Behavioral health outpatient services 20% Out-of-pocket

$30 Copay per visit

40% Out-of-pocket

$30 Deductible per visit

None
Mental/Behavioral health inpatient services 20% Out-of-pocket 40% Out-of-pocket None

This healthcare plan requires a $250 deductible per person.

Normalizing mental health

Every April, USU hosts Mental Health Awareness Week. This is designed to create greater awareness of student struggles and successes, as well as ways to address and cope with mental health challenges. During 2017’s Mental Health Awareness Week:

  • Graduate students hosted mental health workshops.
  • The Caine College of the Arts hosted a series of monologues about depression.
  • Local music and film festival Logan City Limits screened the movie Resilience, which addresses mental health and hosted a related panel discussion.
  • Social media posts and hashtags were created so students could share their struggles and concerns regarding mental health.

USU student groups and administrators plan to continue to host seminars and forums where students can share their experiences.

Educating faculty, staff and students

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies regularly hosts Training for Research Faculty workshops, and often addresses graduate student mental health. Faculty can refer to material from the workshop to better understand how to assist students with mental health issues.

CAPS regularly hosts seminars on managing stress levels, maintaining work-life balance and developing healthy relationships.