As the spring semester gets underway, students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh have access to increased free round-the-clock mental health resources through a new YOU at UWO digital platform.
The YOU website helps students navigate life and campus on their own terms and offers access to added teletherapy and telepsychiatry services through Mantra Health.
Concern has been growing about the need for increased mental health resources for college students and people of all ages across the state and nation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Gov. Tony Evers declared 2023 “the year of mental health” in his State of the State address.
“We know that mental health needs continue to rise for our students and timely access to quality services is vital. Our Counseling Center consistently serves a higher percentage of students in comparison to both state and national averages,” said Leah Folks, interim director of UWO’s Counseling Center.
“Students are more likely to connect with the support they need when there are more accessible options available, especially without cost. Mantra Health will fit well with student schedules that require evening or weekend appointments.”
The new and enhanced services at UWO are part of a $5 million UW System initiative supported by American Rescue Plan Act funds. The services are intended to fill gaps and complement counseling, psychiatric and self-help resources already available on campus.
UWO students can connect with the services directly through the YOU at UWO website or via help from a UWO counselor who can answer questions or schedule support.
“The YOU website is customized for each student based on individual needs, interests and goals, while evolving based on how the student interacts with the platform. The holistic approach to wellbeing prioritizes and updates relevant content for each student as they navigate their college experience,” said Nathan Scott, associate vice chancellor for campus life.
“Bringing YOU to our campus increases mental health services and crisis support services, while also connecting students to existing campus resources contributing to their overall success as Titans.”
A snapshot of services offered on the new platform include:
- 24/7 access to UW Mental Health Support provided by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. Call (920) 424-2061, option 2; call or text (888) 531-2142; or chat with a counselor.
- Clinically informed and culturally responsive teletherapy and telepsychiatry support available during the day, evenings and weekends through Mantra Health.
- Independent goal setting, skill building, assessments and evidence-based content covering more than 30 well-being topics through YOU at UWO.