The COVID-19 pandemic has affected not only the physical health of some people, but also their mental health.
Among the people who may be particularly affected are people who have had to adjust their education to adapt to the pandemic.
That’s why SUNY universities are now working to provide assistance to anyone who needs it. Chancellor Jim Malatras announced that the university system is investing $ 24 million in mental health and wellness services for students.
The funds will be used to train resident staff in identifying warning signs, expanding the crisis text line and hotlines between peers, and creating safe spaces for students.
Malatras says it is the largest investment in student mental health in sunny history.
“Our students are struggling with a unique health crisis in life, first because of fear of the unknown and being away from family and friends, and now, when we are adjusting to ourselves again, as well as from stress the university, and affects their well – being at a higher rate, “Malatras said in a statement. We cannot expect students to prosper if we cannot be there for them in their time of need. Our students demand additional services and we listen to them. With the support of Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Congressman Muriel, our Congressional delegation, as well as Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to expand our services to students within the state budget, we are providing help. and the tools our students need now to succeed. We know there is more work to be done. There is no universal solution. Mental health needs are highly individualized and need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but we will use this investment to foster a culture in which people are empowered to come from a place of empathy and armed with the latest. technology and information. on mental health and medical care issues “.
Students say it is an important step in removing the stigma of mental health problems.
“When I was in college, it was an important thing,” said Carrie Barnett, a graduate student at New York State University in Brockport. “It was hard to ask for help. Not many people wanted it. You would go to your colleagues and say, ‘I want to ask for help but I don’t know how.'” “And with all these resources and the support of the big names for us it’s really encouraging. Knowing that it’s no longer bad to ask for help and it’s no longer scary.”
This money is in addition to a $ 35 million investment made by the New York State University campus in mental health resources.
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