Safety week prioritizes mental health with resource fair

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On the first day of Safety Week, the Titan Success Center and the Office of Student Life put on a mental health resource fair. Health centers from the surrounding areas came to Fireside to help promote mental health in students.

This fair is put on during health and safety week to promote mental health in students on campus. The Titan Success Center wants students to know what options for help are out there. They also want students to be able to get the help they need without stress or worry.

One of the organizations that works closely with the IU South Bend campus is HealthLinc.

HealthLinc is a community health organization. They have an office in the Vera Dwyer building and their dental office is located within the dental school.

They are able to see patients whether they have insurance, are underinsured, or have no insurance at all. HealthLinc is able to work with students and do payment plans. Even if a student were to owe money, they will not turn a patient away.

Another helpful resource on campus is the Student Counseling Center. The center is located in the Administration building.

The center offers a variety of free counseling services in areas including: stress and time management, depression, anxiety, academic concerns, emotional wellbeing, alcohol and drug misuse, eating disorders, sexual assault and violence, grief, coping skills family, and relationship problems.

This counseling center on campus also provides support services in crisis intervention, life skills and personal development workshops, and suicide prevention training.

Students can receive eight free counseling sessions each academic year. Sessions are scheduled once a week or every two weeks depending on the need of the student.

Confidentiality is an important topic when it comes to counseling on campus. Students can worry that attending a counseling session could affect their academic record or their family could be informed. All of the counseling done at the SCC is completely confidential. The student must give written consent for information to be given out to anyone, including other university departments.

The counseling center website states, “Except in emergency situations (such as imminent danger to self or others, or allegations of child abuse), we do not share student records with anyone.”

Other mental health institutions that attended the fair were Mosaic Health & Healing Arts, Bowen Center, and Oaklawn Psychiatric Center.

Mosaic is known specifically for welcoming members of the LGBTQ+ community. Bowen center works with individuals with mental health issues as well as addiction. Oaklawn works with a variety of populations with inpatient and outpatient services.

If you are in need of any counseling or mental health services, all of these institutions are eager and ready to help you.

Feel free to contact them:

IUSB Counseling Center: 574-520-4125

HealthLinc: (888) 580-1060

Mosaic: (574) 537-2680

Bowen: (800) 342-5653

Oaklawn: (574) 283-1234

Students wrote worries and stresses, then were able to leave them on the wall. Photo by/MABEL MYERS

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