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California colleges increase online mental health services to serve expected student need [edsource.org]

 

By Larry Gordon, Ed Source, August 31, 2020

With surveys showing that the pandemic is worsening anxiety and depression among college students, campus counseling centers across California are bracing for an expected sharp rise in the numbers of students seeking mental health services. 

Like most college and university classes, psychological therapy sessions switched to online — or on telephone — in March. The campuses say they will try their best to advertise, expand and improve those virtual services and continue that way until it is safe to restore in-person meetings. 

Santa Monica College student Camille Horrigan-Slajus said she has had good experiences with online therapy but is worried about other students around the state possibly facing long waiting lists for appointments. Some students, she added, don’t have reliable Wi-Fi or good enough laptops even though some needy students received hotspots and computers from the school.

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