Salisbury University to offer expanded virtual mental health services to staff, faculty, students

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University is using a new virtual platform to help their community with expanded mental health services. TAO Connect offers many resources for anyone with an SU log in. That includes educational modules that clients and counselors can use outside of counseling sessions. “It will allow members of the university community to access a plethora of modules to address any mental health issues they may be dealing with or just learn how to manage challenging experiences or dealing with stress,” said Director of SU’s Counseling Center Dr. Lilian Odera.

It also includes an option for different departments to create specialized resources for specific groups of students. Dr. Odera says that could be information and help for new students, athletes, and so on. “This component will allow various departments or groups within the university to create content that can be utilized by specific groups of students that they work with. For example maybe creating something that could help first year students, orientation for incoming students, something for housing or res life,” said Dr. Odera.

Dr. Odera says because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some in person services have been reduced. So it’s especially important now to put these resources in the palms of people’s hands. “I cannot underscore the importance of really innovative and creative ways in the midst of COVID-19. None of us are new to the impact of the COVID pandemic, whether you’re a student or a faculty or staff. Everybody is dealing with stressors,” said Dr. Odera.

Dr. Odera says right now the counseling center is training people how to use the platform. She adds that the component that allows departments to make specialized resources for groups of students will be rolled out at a later date. TAO Connect is free to all members of the SU community. To learn how to sign up, click here.

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