New $2.7 Million Campus Mental Health Program for Connecticut

New $2.7 Million Campus Mental Health Program for Connecticut
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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: 

  • Driving innovative and evidence-based strategies that enhance student access to care.
  • Boosting education and awareness of mental health services and programs available to students, either on or off campus.
  • Equipping staff and students with knowledge for supporting students with mental illnesses, particularly those from minority or traditionally underserved backgrounds.

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

The New Landscape for Student Well-Being

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic psychological effect on college students, sharpening the focus on their overall health and well-being. Download our latest collaborative report, “The New Landscape for Student Well-Being: How Prioritizing Safety, Health, and Inclusion Improves Student Success,” by Jeffrey Selingo.

How Vector Solutions Can Help

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:

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  • Well-Being: Short videos introduce an awareness of how college life can post unique challenges to well-being.
  • Self-Management: Teach students enhanced strategies for self-care and allow them to practice techniques for bolstering their mental health.
  • Recognizing Challenges: Instruct students how to identify when outside help may be needed when facing mental health challenges.
  • Seeking & Offering Help: Explore mental health stigmas and other barriers to seeking help.

Vector Solutions and TimelyMD are Working Together

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.

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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.

Contact us for more information

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