I had never been inside of a therapist’s office before, but it was how I’d imagined it to be. Soft lighting enveloped the room, setting a carefully designed warm and tranquil atmosphere. I sank into a surprisingly comfortable chair as my drop-in therapist welcomed me. She was kind and we made some nice small talk, but she still had to address the elephant in the room: “What brings you here today?”...
I’ve been cognizant of my volatile mental health from a pretty young age, and thus have sought out various resources throughout my adolescence and adulthood. Going to college made accessing these resources much easier, as almost every school offers some sort of counseling, albeit at a range of cost, efficiency, and effectiveness. Throughout my life, I have experienced a lot of different types of care in different spaces. Columbia, undoubtedly, has been the best....
Aiming to ease returns to campus, new pilot policy simplifies readmission for students on medical leave
In an attempt to improve its leave policies and protocols, Columbia has piloted a new medical leave readmission process to allow students on leave to register for classes before their anticipated return, the first step in a larger effort to create a “simplified readmission” policy....
Close to 100 students have received direct, in-appointment consultations with Counseling and Psychological Services clinicians as a result of a new pilot program that staffs CPS clinicians in Medical Services’ John Jay health clinic....
The therapist at Counseling and Psychological Services asks: “And how are you coping with all this while being a student?”
“Are you thinking of hurting yourself or others?”“No.”“Okay. The next available appointment is in three weeks.”
A few weeks ago, I was sharing a bit about myself in the Schapiro Hall lounge with a few members of the Latinx community. We gathered with the intention of destigmatizing mental health conversations and also to promote the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey. Each student who spoke shed light on a different angle of the mental health problem at Columbia. Some students struggled to tell their parents about their history of depression, not wanting to disappoint them. Others had gone from rock bottom to straight A’s with the help of Counseling and Psychological Services, only to feel a deep sense of guilt that their loved ones back home did not have the same access to treatment. The conversation helped me realize that mental health issues at Columbia stem from a variety of different factors, and are not always just about stress....
Good afternoon. And it is a very good afternoon, because after today there is one, I repeat, just one day of classes left in the school year.
Students seeking mental health support from Columbia’s Counseling and Psychological Services can face weeks-long waits just to meet with a clinician.