President's iPad Post: Feb. 25
February 25, 2021
These past 11 months have been a trying time for all of us. I expect the realization that the pandemic will last far longer than we might have expected is not welcomed news.
Speaking to our students, if this describes you, you are not alone. Even without the
challenges of the pandemic, being on your own, especially for the first time, already
makes college life a mentally and emotionally stressful time. Recent studies have
80% of students feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
Only about half of first-year students rated their mental health as “above average” or in the “highest 10%."
One in three college freshmen struggles with mental illness.
Asking for health and support creates obstacles for many students. The pandemic and living in a pseudo-virtual world compounds those obstacles. That is why I am thankful for a new partnership that will expand CSU’s “CougarsCare” program in the area of student counseling services. Through this new partnership, students will now have 24/7/365 access to real-time licensed mental health clinicians and therapists — simply by calling our Counseling Center day or night at 706.507.8740.
Rest assured that this telehealth-based service is not a replacement for in-person counseling services. Instead, it provides another avenue, especially for those experiencing after-hours crises, those who are limiting their in-person interactions during the pandemic, or those who prefer the security a remote session from home provides them.
Personal navigators helping to connect students with emotional support services — along with a library of online resources, self-help tools and the CampusWell app — are all part of this partnership that includes the University System of Georgia, Christie Campus Health, and the Jed Foundation.
Read more about this program in CSU’s online newsroom.
National Collegiate Day of Prayer
For many of us, our spiritual health is directly tied to our physical and emotional well-being. Today marks the annual observance of the National Collegiate Day of Prayer. Tracing its roots to the 1800s, the National Collegiate Day of Prayer is an opportunity to focus our thoughts on the next generation of leaders on college campuses.
Last week, I invited more than 125 leaders of our area’s faith traditions — Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Unitarian and others — to join me, in their own way, in remembering our students, the faculty who teach them, the staff who serve them, and campus leaders who guide our university. I want our students to know that, as a campus community, you are on our minds and on our hearts today.
A Word of Thanks
I continue to be thankful to the entire CSU family for what you are doing for our campus, our surrounding community, and for each other.
President Chris Markwood