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VSCC to offer free counseling options during “Mental Health Matters” event Tuesday, Aug. 31

Last updated on November 17, 2021

By Nathalie Recinos

Volunteer State Community College is holding a Zoom event, “Mental Health Matters” Tuesday, Aug. 31, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The event will introduce counselors to students who may have struggled with mental health during the pandemic.

According to Coordinator of Student Support, Tiffany Zwart, the Well Pass program is giving students six free counseling sessions and hosting this event to provide more information to students. The Well Pass program counselors will be at the event to introduce themselves and share how they approach counseling and mental health.

The event is available to any student who wishes to learn more, and the Well Pass program is available to any student who is currently enrolled at Vol State. After meeting the counselors, students who wish to join the program will be given the opportunity to file a short application to start their free sessions.

Zwart said that all Well Pass Program counseling sessions are strictly confidential and the only information that is received back is an invoice that is processed through the business office. She also said that there is no information held on to the student’s records or insurance if they choose to use the program.

“Once [students] make the appointment, we don’t know anything that happens during counseling, so everything they do there is confidential. The only other information that we get back from them is the invoice, so that way we can make payment through the Business Office,” said Zwart.

“Students can start their six free sessions anytime during the semester they are enrolled, so students will not miss the opportunity for free counseling if they cannot attend the Zoom event. Though, I do recommend making an effort to attend the Zoom event. Hearing from several different counselors is a great way to find one that will be the best match for you,” said Victoria Long, a student who utilized the Well Pass program during the summer semester.

Students can find the Zoom meeting ID and link through the Campus Events page.

“We also want to normalize receiving assistance for mental health,” said Zwart. “During Covid, there’s been a lot of grief, and I think everybody feels isolated in how they feel… it’s okay if you can’t handle all the things.”

Students who may miss the event can visit the Student Engagement and Support office within the Wood Campus Center to learn more about the program. They may also contact Zwart using her email.

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