Students enjoyed lunch, inflatable obstacle courses and informative booths Wednesday at the Counseling and Psychological Services Pre-Stress and Welcome Event, where CAPS officials introduced them to the program and provided them with mental health resources.

CAPS Outreach Coordinator Kendra Glasper manned a booth where she discussed CAPS’ Let’s Talk program, which offers free counseling services and guidance to students wanting to improve their mental health.

The program offers drop-in sessions, available in Gearhart 206 on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and in the Lefler Law Center on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. These sessions are free to all students and meant to be informal.

Students do not have to make appointments to attend Let’s Talk sessions, Glasper said.

Graduate student Emilia Sarma thinks that mental health is a huge issue on college campuses, and believes that programs like Let’s Talk serve as a valuable resource for students, she said. 

“It’s a really nice way to talk to someone without having to make an appointment,” Sarma said. “It makes a big difference.”

CAPS also offers individual counseling, free workshops and 24-hour on-call emergency services, Glasper said.

Freshman Sam Varriale thinks CAPS is really important for students who struggle with their mental health, she said.

In addition to information and resources, the event offered food and inflatables for students to enjoy.

Despite not having used CAPS herself, Senior Olivia Moka believes the program is important for students to use if they need to, especially during finals, she said. Moka said she wishes she had used CAPS before.

The most common issue CAPS clinicians see in students is anxiety, Glasper said. She stresses the importance of self care, as well as finding stress management techniques and a good support system.

CAPS event coordinators are planning an event for National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 10 as well, Glasper said.

CAPS is located on the second floor of the Pat Walker Health Center. Along with its counseling services, CAPS offers a relaxation room equipped with massage chairs, yoga mats, meditation cushions, and noise cancelling headphones, so students may meditate and reduce their stress. 

CAPS appointments and 24-hour emergency mental health services can be found at (479) 575-5276.

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