SUU adds additional mental health services


Job : April 04, 2022 |
Author: Kate Johnson |
Reading time: 3 minutes

Southern Utah University strives to do more to help students improve their mental health and overall well-being. In a heartfelt and transparent email, Vice President of Student Affairs Jared Tippets spoke to students about the mental health resources available to them at SUU and the upcoming changes.

“We care about you and we worry about you,” Tippets wrote. “We know that mental health is a challenge for many of us. SUU has many mental health resources and we are working to add more. Please contact us if you are having difficulty, and we will do our best to help and point you in the right direction. Never struggle in silence. You’re not alone!”

Recognizing the many challenges students face, SUU wants to do more to help students and is working diligently to create additional services. These services include the new student medical clinic which will act as a typical doctor’s office to provide basic on-campus health services and is expected to be available to all students by fall 2022. Additionally, SUU has convened a faculty, staff and student mental health task force. This task force is working on a campus-wide strategy to address mental health needs.

Another change is the addition of counselors to the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). There will also be a shorter wait time for students to speak with an advisor. SUU is able to accomplish this by partnering with a national company to provide virtual access to advisors.

An additional partnership comes in the form of offering students virtual and anonymous mental health support. This partnership will provide 24/7 support to all students in a secure, online environment managed by the clinical community.

To assist the University’s ongoing mental health efforts, the Office of Marketing and Communications will provide additional communications to students regarding mental health resources and services available to them. To help create a culture sensitive to mental health needs, faculty, staff and student leaders will receive training to better guide students to appropriate services on campus.

Additionally, SUU’s Orientation and Thunder U will focus on mental health by helping new students understand on-campus resources as well as in an effort to normalize mental health discussions.

SUU launched its first doctorate in psychology to help train professional therapists. The program hopes to reduce the stigma around mental health and will specialize in mental health training in rural areas. The first cohort of students begins the next fall semester. As part of the program, graduate students will participate in campus-wide mental health services.

There are mental health resources available to students on campus, as well as at the local, state, and national levels.

SUU Campus Resources and Services

Counseling and Psychology Services SUU: 435-865-8621
Police SUU: 435-586-1911
Let’s talk
SUU CAPS Workshops
Office of the Dean of Students: 435-586-7766 (ST 201)
Health and Wellness Center: 435-865-8435 (ST 175)
Mental Health Peer Support: 775-644-0485
Self-Help Toolkit
CAPS YouTube Channel
SUU Health and Wellness Zen Den Days

Local resources

Trula Foundation: Well-being coaching between peers
Cedar City Mental Health: Finding Face-to-Face Counseling Options in Cedar City

Helplines and local resources (Iron County and Cedar City)

Police SUU: 435-586-1911
Cedar City Police: 911
Cedar City Hospital: 435-868-5000
Canyon Creek Services: 435-867-9411 24 hours #: 435-233-5732
Four health points: 435-867-1520
Southwest Behavioral Health Center24 hours: 435-867-7654 #: 800-574-6763
Behavioral Health Programs Intermountain Health

Statewide Help Lines and Resources

SafeUT: 1-833-372-3388 or text chat via the SafeUT app
Huntsman Mental Health Institute Crisis Line: 833-773-2588 or 801-587-1055
Utah Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or 801-587-3000
Utah Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-897-5465

National helplines and resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ friendly): 866-488-7386
Transgender Suicide Hotline: 877-565-8860
Crisis Line for Veterans: 800-273-8255, press 1
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4376
National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Helpline: 800-662-4357
JED/ULifeline Foundation: Text “START” to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

SUU strives for constant improvement and is committed to helping all students as much as possible. If you or someone you know has mental health issues, please contact someone you trust or use one of the resources listed above.

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