Stretching Your Strengths in CEHS - Student Mental Health with Dr. Paul Springer and Special Guest John Goldrich, MSW
Stretching Your Strengths in CEHS with Dr. Paul Springer and Special Guest John Goldrich, CAPS Staff Counselor. Discussion about Student Mental Health.
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- [00:00:05.630]Welcome to Stretching your
Strengths and CEHS I'm Paul Springer
- [00:00:09.170]I'm the Associate Dean for Student Success
in the College of Education and Human
- [00:00:13.160]Sciences. In this weeks series,
- [00:00:15.680]we're going to be talking about mental
health and mental health resources that
- [00:00:19.430]exist on the UNL campus.
- [00:00:21.680]And we're going to be having a
conversation with John Goldrich,
- [00:00:24.590]who is a licensed mental health
provider at Counseling and Psychological
- [00:00:29.270]Services. And so, John, thank
you so much for joining us today.
- [00:00:33.380]Glad I could be here as a day and provide
some information to a lot of young
- [00:00:36.740]scholars that are out there.
- [00:00:38.210]Excellent. You know,
- [00:00:39.200]this last year has really particularly
been challenging for many of us,
- [00:00:43.700]whether it's been like the global
pandemic or the social and racial
- [00:00:48.230]unrest that we've been experiencing in
our country. And I was hoping today,
- [00:00:52.640]John, could you talk a little
bit more about CAPS and what
- [00:00:57.440]services you offer to students?
So students know where to turn to?
- [00:01:01.400]Well, one thing we want to say
is we want to be sensitive to the
- [00:01:06.200]various struggles that are out there,
- [00:01:09.530]both social justice wise, politically.
- [00:01:12.530]And we'd like to see ourselves
as positioned in a place where
- [00:01:17.330]we're open to talking with students
about struggles that could come from
- [00:01:22.160]those areas.
- [00:01:23.630]We have individual counseling where
a person could come in and talk with
- [00:01:28.430]a provider about some concerns and issues
that they might be having or that they
- [00:01:33.350]might be having with
others around those issues.
- [00:01:36.980]Now I know that you have the
traditional individual sessions.
- [00:01:41.210]Do you guys offer groups as
well or other support groups?
- [00:01:44.990]We do have groups. We have a variety
of groups. We have graduate groups,
- [00:01:49.610]undergraduate groups,
- [00:01:50.810]mixed groups where men and women
can be in a group together.
- [00:01:54.710]Then we have some specialty groups that
pop up from time to time during the
- [00:01:58.730]semester that might
focus on things like, Oh,
- [00:02:02.120]anxiety can be something
that could pop up.
- [00:02:05.060]We could have other ones that
would be a reflection of particular
- [00:02:09.860]needs that are going on within
the university community as it
- [00:02:14.780]interfaces with the greater world.
- [00:02:17.420]Oh, that's, that's really great to
know. I'm really interested. You know,
- [00:02:20.870]what are some of the myths about mental
health that you might think may get in
- [00:02:24.710]the way of why students don't reach out?
- [00:02:27.410]Oh, I will be seen as
really, really crazy.
- [00:02:32.210]I'm not that crazy to come in for
counseling. It's going to cost.
- [00:02:37.220]They're not going to understand me.
- [00:02:39.530]My friends will think I'm strange for
going in and getting help. And my family,
- [00:02:44.030]we don't do this.
- [00:02:45.380]We just man up or woman up and manage
it on our own. Along with, well,
- [00:02:49.880]they're just going to read my mind that
crystal balls and all that other stuff,
- [00:02:53.510]you know. So some of that gets
infused into one's thinking as well.
- [00:02:57.950]Yeah. You know, I've heard some of
those things from students as well,
- [00:03:00.970]that they're really just afraid of the
process and what's involved. You know,
- [00:03:05.680]what would you say to a
student who may be struggling,
- [00:03:08.470]may feel a little depressed or
anxious around classes or COVID-19,
- [00:03:13.510]but they're unsure if
they should reach out for help.
- [00:03:17.220]Well, one of the things that I would
suggest to them, as utilize,
- [00:03:21.030]let's talk,
- [00:03:21.720]it's a great way to touch and see.
Where they get to meet with a counselor,
- [00:03:26.970]doesn't count towards their counseling
sessions, and they just get a good
- [00:03:31.530]sense of is this something
that I could value or,
- [00:03:35.880]would help me as I move forward in my
life? Would this be helpful for me?
- [00:03:40.350]Because a lot of times people don't
know if it's going to be helpful or not.
- [00:03:44.070]And sometimes they have preconceived
ideas. It may be, it's not, well,
- [00:03:47.400]this is a great way to touch and see
and see if this could be helpful for
- [00:03:52.170]them in their journey. The other thing
that I would say to them is, you know,
- [00:03:57.030]okay, you're having these struggles. Now,
- [00:04:00.120]if it were a physical problem
that you were struggling with,
- [00:04:03.420]say you broke your arm,
- [00:04:05.310]would you not go to a doctor to
get some help in regards to that?
- [00:04:09.750]Of course, they nod their heads up
and down and say, yes. I said, well,
- [00:04:13.590]think of it like this. In
some ways, it's like
- [00:04:16.510]emotional. Emotions have been
broken to a certain extent.
- [00:04:20.430]And so we help with the repair
of broken emotions in some way.
- [00:04:25.230]And so going to talk with a
counselor can help you heal
- [00:04:30.270]from that emotional breakage
that you're experiencing.
- [00:04:33.960]I love that, that is, that's a great
metaphor for what happens in sessions.
- [00:04:38.360]So can you kind of tell us how
students can reach out for help?
- [00:04:42.360]Where can they go? And what, what
could they expect when they reach out?
- [00:04:48.450]Well, first of all,
- [00:04:49.470]I want to say we're doing everything
we can do to provide services via
- [00:04:54.330]zoom for the students.
- [00:04:56.160]And so they can call our office and the
secretary is we'll walk them through the
- [00:05:00.810]process of getting set up for an initial
evaluation where they'll meet with a
- [00:05:05.430]counselor, assess the situation,
- [00:05:07.620]determine if they need individual or
group counseling, and then get them set up
- [00:05:12.450]for that.
- [00:05:13.350]And so a simple call to our office can
set the ball rolling and get the help
- [00:05:17.580]that they need.
- [00:05:18.930]Yeah. What is that number, do you
have that off the top of your head?
- [00:05:25.410]John, I really appreciate you
spending time with us today.
- [00:05:28.530]Is there anything else you'd like to add?
- [00:05:31.350]What I'll add is this,
- [00:05:32.910]we like to engage the students in
- [00:05:37.050]conversations that can help them
get out of their own way,
- [00:05:41.490]prevent them from creating
barriers in their lives, and in a sense
- [00:05:45.870]building bridges over these
situations that they're
- [00:05:50.400]struggling with so that they can
progress and become the scholars
- [00:05:55.380]and human beings that they so want to be.
- [00:05:58.370]Excellent. Thank you, John, so much.
- [00:06:00.560]And I hope students recognize that there
are these great resources on campus and
- [00:06:05.150]CAPS is an excellent service
for all of us to reach out.
- [00:06:09.770]So thanks again, John. I really
- [00:06:11.380]appreciate it. You're more than welcome.
Anything I can do in the future.
- [00:06:14.320]Just let me know. Okay. Thank you.
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