LOGAN – Utah State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has added two psychologists, a licensed marriage and family therapist and three full-time psychology interns to provide mental health care for students.
USU Vice President for Student Services Dr. James Morales explains why.
”Demand has been growing over the years. And this is not a problem unique to Utah State University or the state of Utah at all,” says Dr. Morales. “This is a national problem and we’ve been watching this happen now for a few years and this is really a response to try and see the increasing demands.”
Dr. Morales says, last year, students voted to increase fees to expand CAPS, indicating a strong commitment to help fellow students.
”They’re aware, they’re keenly aware what their fellow students, or themselves at times, might be going through,” he explains. “And they realize that it’s important to support these students because mental health issues are very similar to any physical health issue someone might have. We wouldn’t turn them away from a doctor if they had some physical ailment.”
USU has already been working on improving student wellness through apps such as SafeUT, a mental health and safety app done in partnership with the University of Utah. According to Morales, these plans and measures already taken by USU to improve access to mental health resources is part of a multipronged approach.