CSU’s ‘CougarsCare’ Expands Student-focused Mental Health Care

Columbus State University has expanded its student-focused mental health services that comprise its CougarsCare program through a partnership with the University System of Georgia, Christie Campus Health and the Jed Foundation. CSU students will now have 24/7/365 access to real-time support from a licensed mental health clinician or therapist in any place, at any time by simply calling the university’s Counseling Center mainline, 706-507-8740. "Mental health challenges are on the rise on campuses across the country, including here in our state," USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. "The university system and its institutions have a responsibility to address this and lessen how these challenges impact students. We are grateful to Gov. Kemp and appreciate his support on this critical issue." As Dr. Dan Rose, director of CSU's Counseling Center, noted, this partnership does not replace in-person services available to students. Instead, it augments CSU's services by providing students with greater and around-the-clock access — especially at times of emotional crisis. "With the transition to a virtual learning environment, our students have continued to seek mental health services remotely,” Rose added. “That speaks to both their ongoing need for access to counseling services, as well as their comfort using this type of tele-based health service. We're thankful to the USG and this partnership for helping us broaden our service to our CSU students in this vital way." Through this partnership, CougarsCares will be able to broaden its service to CSU students through: Personal student navigators to assist with support including a diverse network of licensed mental health clinicians in the community at no additional cost to students, virtual psychiatric clinics, and an online cognitive behavioral training and education tool designed exclusively for students called iCare. “The Wellness Hub,” which includes an app and an online wellness magazine with educational content, self-help tools and resource links. The CampusWell app, including evidence-based, expert-backed hacks for wellness, studying, and more. Download it at the Apple App Store or the Google App Store. Students may access these services by calling CSU’s Counseling Center at 706-507-8740 or CougarsCare Navigators at 866-639-3938.