While life on campus may have changed, most campus resources remain the same. This includes Indiana State University’s Student Counseling Center. During this time, the counseling center may serve as a much-needed resource for those of the Sycamore community. 

The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of Gillum Hall and is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Student Counseling Center provides counseling services to all registered students of Indiana State University. The Student Counseling Center’s mission is, ‘to provide ISU students with timely and effective mental health services that allow them to improve and maintain their mental well-being and therefore to meet their educational, personal, emotional, and psychological goals. We also provide outreach and consultation services that help create supportive learning and living environments, while at the same time addressing students' developmental needs to help them become effective and productive citizens.’

When accessing these services, your first three appointments are free. After the first three appointments, the fee will be charged to your student account.  

“At this time, if someone is scheduling a first appointment or a returning appointment, we ask that they call 812.237.3939 to have this scheduled.  Due to our COVID-19 procedures, our doors are locked, and we have a new doorbell for people to ring if there is a crisis situation where someone is at risk for harming themselves or others,” said Staff Counselor of ISU’s Counseling Center, Melissa Grinslade. Students can find more information on how to schedule an appointment with the counseling center in their video ‘Sycamores Thrive.’

Due to COVID-19, there has been added accessibility to all of the resources provided.  

“Our resources remain the same.  We have had to change our service delivery.  At this time, our appointments, for the most part, are via Zoom. This includes our individual therapy, group therapy, medication management, and outreach activities.  If you would like to see what this looks like, we have a video on our YouTube channel, Sycamores Thrive,” said Grinslade. 

         The Counseling Center has been hard at work to be able to supply the same resources virtually to protect students while utilizing their services.   

“We have worked to broaden our virtual presence expanding our activities, particularly on Instagram and YouTube,” said Grinslade, “During the semester you can join us on Mondays for BodyBalance Yoga on IGTV at 3 p.m.  Our YouTube channel has a specific playlist called the ‘Breathing Room’ where we add mindfulness and meditation activities to each week. 

 In addition, you can go there to check out tips on breathing through mask anxiety or learn more about the SCC appointments and services during the time of COVID.”  

The Student Counseling Center also has a multitude of resources available to students on their website at: https://www.indstate.edu/student-counseling-center/resources. Here, one may find self-help resources, websites for relaxation, stress relief, and anxiety management, mental health assessment tools, brochures, mobile application resource directory, and health and nutrition phone applications. 

Along with adapting the services the counseling center already had, they’ve also added services geared specifically for mental health, COVID-19, and navigating how our world is currently. 

“We will be offering a group that will be focusing on the wild turn that our world has taken,” said Grinslade, “I think it is important to note that this group, as well as our Chat Boxes, are designed not only to address COVID-19, but also the racial injustices that are happening. This year is not only about a pandemic. It’s about inequality and oppression. It’s about trauma.”

Through the Counseling Center’s various services, their main goal is to support fellow Sycamores in any way they can. After all, the goal of the Student Counseling Center is ‘to provide students with the necessary life skills to mature and attain their highest performance, while achieving optimum happiness during their attendance at ISU.

SCC services are available and adapted for student use during COVID-19 pandemic