Technology’s Impact on Mental Health Accessibility
Collectively, today’s technology is helping more people access a wide variety of applicable mental health resources. This technology is not just crucial for increasing societal awareness of these conditions — it has the power to enhance healthcare accessibility as a whole. During the pandemic, these benefits have been magnified amidst spikes in mental illness and a general shift to socially distanced living.
Research and awareness surrounding mental health have grown in the last few decades, highlighting its crucial place in the betterment of overall quality of life. That said, as unprecedented stressors arise from the pandemic and an increasingly divisive political climate, mental health self-care has arguably never been more important.
Luckily, parallel advancements in digital technology have created a multitude of resources for mental health betterment. These outlets span many clinical focal points, and they can be found in mediums ranging from websites and webinars to mobile apps and videos.
Telehealth Counseling Services
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Telehealth counseling services are offered to students via WebEx, Zoom and FaceTime. To set up an appointment students may contact the counselors by clicking on the Contact tab on this page or calling (318) 357-5621. Students who are attending classes on site may choose to come to the office for services or receive counseling services online. to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus Counseling and Career Services will be following strict guidelines. Please take a minute to read our Covid-19 Prevention Guidelines before you visit our office.
Call the Office of Counseling and Career Services or drop by the office during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 a.am.to 12 p.m. on Friday. To speak to a counselor after office hours and on weekends call University Police at 357-5431 and a counselor will be contacted for you.
For more information about counseling and career services and resources go to Counseling Services, NSU Cares, and the NSU Career Center.
You don’t have to have all the answers. If you are worried about the well-being of someone in your campus community, or if you are observing behaviors that make you feel unsafe, then you will find helpful contacts and resources on this website.
The purpose of NSU Cares is to create a prevention-prepared campus community in which suicide completion becomes a “never event” at Northwestern State University. Aligned with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012) and based on best practice recommendations within SAMHSA’s Best Practices Registry, the goals of this project focus on creating a system and safety net for students, in addition to a culture of caring, wellness, and hope.
Emergency Numbers for NSU Cares
Suicide Prevention LIFELINE
1-800-273-8255 (Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
National Rape Crisis Hotline
Veterans' Crisis Line
1-800-272-8255 and press 1
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