Counseling

SilverCloud

SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students and staff/faculty with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day. SilverCloud does not require a referral from a mental health or medical provider. SilverCloud can be used in conjunction with counseling, but can also be used as a stand alone service. 

CBT looks at how our thoughts, feelings and behaviors all interact with one another to keep our low mood or anxiety going. This program will teach you more about what CBT is and will offer many activities to help you make practical changes to your mood.

How to Set Up SilverCloud

On your Android device

  • Open the SilverCloud Health app
  • Choose the Settings up the top right of the screen
  • Tap ‘General’ then Service
  • In the list presented, choose UW Oshkosh
  • Re-launch the SilverCloud Health app and log in using your NetID
 

On your Apple device 

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll down to the list of apps and choose the SilverCloud Health app
  • Under ‘SilverCloud Settings’ choose Service and pick UW Oshkosh
  • Re-launch the SilverCloud Health app and log in using your NetID

 UWO’s SilverCloud’s learning modules include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleep
  • Resilience

These include mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, and mood or lifestyle charting. Each can be completed in any order, typically over an eight- to 10-week period.

SilverCloud is not designed to replace in-person mental health treatment for many complex concerns, but may be an effective option for students and staff/faculty with mild to moderate symptoms to:

  • Help manage day-to-day stresses and anxiety
  • Improve resilience
  • Learn skills to understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Hear stories of other college students

 

Evidence

CBT has the best evidence base for managing anxiety and mood. It focuses on how our thoughts, moods and behaviors influence each other. Working to change our thinking and behavior patterns can lead to very positive changes in the way we feel. CBT is available in an online format so that it can be accessible at any time, and the online format has been shown to be as effective as face-to-face therapy.

Flexibility

The online program will walk you through interactive tools and activities to learn about and change these thoughts and behaviors. We can also add other modules that might be helpful for you, like sleep, grief, self-esteem, and other topics.

SilverCloud can be used on your laptop, phone or tablet, whenever you like. As long as you have reliable computer and Internet access, the program is very easily accessible. It’s also easy to navigate and personalize so that you can focus on the topics that you want to work on.

Patient Responsibility

This is a goal-oriented program, and most of your work in the program will be independent learning and practice within the online platform. You can use it the program as often as you like. We recommend spending a minimum of an hour per week working through the program. Most people choose to do that for 15-20 minutes at a time a few times per week.

We encourage you to give it a try! After you’ve begun counseling, you and your counselor can decide together whether it’s something that you’d find helpful to continue.

UW Oshkosh Counseling Center

Student Success Center, Suite 240
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901