Campus Health Team Provides New Mental Health Website for Lobos
May 1, 2020 - Dorene DiNaro
The health and well-being of our pack is always at the heart of everything we do at The University of New Mexico. Most recently, ensuring our Lobos are provided with the mental health resources and support they need has been the focus of the recently-formed UNM Campus Mental Health team.
The team, made up of departments and units across campus who provide mental health services, meets weekly to discuss ways to ensure that our Lobo’s mental health needs are met. Topics include service availability, efficient referrals, and creating new mental health support initiatives.
In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited resources, the team has most recently placed importance on communication and promoting the many services that are available for our UNM community. Currently these services are following the COVID-19 protocols which means telehealth, social distancing and some limitations on services.
The new UNM Mental Health website (mentalhealth.unm.edu) launched on April 30 as another way to protect our pack. The site serves as a central location for information on the wide range of mental health resources available for students and community members both on and off campus.
“The website is the first such initiative, ensuring that everyone on campus and in the broader community can find out where and how to receive mental healthcare at UNM,” says Dr. Stephanie McIver, Director of Clinical Counseling Services at UNM Student Health and Counseling.
Users of the site will of course find the essential information such as location, contact information, and cost if any for services in a clear and concise format. More specifically though, the site highlights helpful information including services provided, the best way to access services, the best way to refer someone to the service, what to expect when accessing the service, and the wait time for the first appointment.
The website will be continuously updated with the most current issues regarding mental health on campus, changes in services and respective wait times for appointments. For more information on any of the UNM mental health initiatives at UNM, please visit mentalhealth.unm.edu.