Our thoughts go out to our Blue Raider community during this time of transition because of the impact of COVID-19. We are eager to continue providing the support students need to perform well academically while taking care of their mental health needs. In keeping with recommendations for social distancing, we are suspending face-to-face counseling sessions and groups; and will now be shifting to telehealth services for the remainder of Spring 2020.
The following are services available to students at this time:
Counseling Services is available by phone, 615 898-2670, during regular work hours, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Services for students
If you are eligible for short-term treatment at MTSU Counseling Services, please be aware that a telehealth consent form will be sent to you via your MTSU e-mail, and this must be completed prior to meeting with your provider. Please review the information on the form in its entirety to understand the benefits and risks of telehealth services.
First time appointments
Students who have never been seen in our office will have a first-time screen appointment via telehealth or phone to determine our ability to provide appropriate services. Students can call our office at 615-898-2670 to schedule a first-time screen. Students will need to complete paperwork, which will be delivered electronically and returned in the same format.
Students who have been seen in the last year
Students who are established clients of the Center can continue to receive support and can call 615 898-2670 to schedule an appointment.
Students who have been seen before but not in the last year
We welcome students to call 615 898-2670 to set up an initial screen via telehealth or phone.
We will post to all of the MTSU Student and Parent Facebook pages weekly to offer encouragement and tips on managing your mental well-being.
Counseling Services website
We will update our website weekly providing tips on ways to manage stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, change, along with other topics.
We will continue to offer groups on mindfulness using Microsoft Teams to connect with you during this time. We will provide more information related to groups on Facebook and our website.
Mental Health Emergencies
During this time, if you experience a mental health emergency, please call 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255, or text HOME to 741741.
Counseling Services Scope of Care: Short-Term Treatment Model
Students whose presenting issue fits a short-term treatment model of care may be offered in-house short-term counseling. Brief counseling is often effective for common issues faced by university students and using this model allows the counseling center to serve a greater number of students with available staff resources. Individual counseling sessions typically are 50-minute sessions and scheduled on a weekly basis. On average, most student’s whose presenting concern fits a short-term treatment model are able to reach treatment goals in less than six sessions. As demand for service increases during the semester, it may become necessary to refer a student off-campus for short-term counseling. The counselor can assist the student with connecting to a community provider and will also provide other on-campus resources for additional options.
The goal of this service model is to assess students as soon as possible and connect them to the appropriate resources. This process will help reduce the level of risk for students who are manifesting moderate to acute levels of distress and need to connect with treatment resources as quickly as possible.
Limits of Service
MTSU Counseling Services does not provide counseling services in the following circumstances:
- Requesting documentation for an emotional support animal
- For problems requiring long-term psychotherapy and long-term medication management
- Psychological evaluation for ADHD or ongoing medication management for ADHD
- To provide testimony or evidence in any legal matters or mandated legal problems
- Any type of psychological evaluations or assessments
- Family, marriage, or couples counseling
- Request for Fitness for Duty
“A healthy outside starts from the inside” -Robert Urich
Get well. Live well. Stay well.
For more information on the University’s response to COVD-19, please click here: https://www.mtsu.edu/coronavirus/