Last week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont launched a new Campus Mental Health Program that provides $2.7 million for resources to address the ongoing mental health challenges affecting an estimated 130,000 undergraduate students across 28 institutions in Connecticut due to the far-reaching impact of COVID-19.
The Governor’s press release outlines how grant funds may be used to support student well-being by:
All nonprofit undergraduate institutions with an endowment of less than $100,000 per student (see the 2019 Connecticut Higher Education System Data and Trends Report), are eligible to apply for maximum grant allocations that have been predetermined based on an institution’s undergraduate student population and the percentage of students who receive Pell grants.
Institutions that receive grant funding must describe specifically how they will use the funds, and how the funds can be equitably distributed to benefit minority, underrepresented, and/or disadvantaged student populations.
Grants will be administered by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education, together with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Office of the Governor.
For more information on the program and application process, visit: www.ctohe.org
Mental Well-Being for Students is a 45-minute online course that helps learners practice self-care strategies, recognize when they or their peers are in distress, and take action to find additional support. It covers the following topics:
Institutions can integrate TimelyMD's teletherapy platform directly into Vector Solutions' industry-leading safety, well-being, and inclusion courses to meet students wherever they are in their mental health journey.
Step 1: Students participate in digital prevention training.
Step 2: Students connect through TimelyMD integration to on-demand mental health support.
By adopting both platforms, institutions can now provide students with a comprehensive continuum of care: providing students with the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and others safe and healthy while ensuring real-time emotional support for those who need it.