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Iowa Lakes Community College Awarded $20,000 Mental Health Grant

By Staff | Oct 20, 2020

A $20,000 grant from Northwest Iowa Care Connections (NWIACC) Mental Health and Disability Services will assist Iowa Lakes Community College in providing mental health services to current students coping with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The mental health of college students has been an issue in the headlines for several years now. Add a pandemic to the college experience mix, and you have elevated college students’ stress, fear, and anxiety. At Iowa Lakes, we are continually monitoring our students’ mental health and identifying the best ways to help. With this NWIACC grant, we will be better equipped to meet our students’ mental health needs,” shared Kevin Range, an Educational Counselor at Iowa Lakes Community College.

This grant will provide Iowa Lakes students with access to mental health services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through Talk Campus. Talk Campus is a mental health app that offers a way for students to obtain instant support in an anonymous, safe space.

“Talk Campus allows students to receive mental health assistance with no wait time, no stigma, no judgments–just instant, ongoing support,” explained Range.

Additionally, the grant will allow the college to contract with Synergy Therapy to provide online therapy sessions with a licensed therapist in Sioux City for both students and staff.

The Synergy Therapy portal will be active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with therapy sessions offered by appointment.

Grant funds will also be used to develop a marketing and awareness campaign to help students understand the impact COVID-related issues play in their daily lives and discover resources to deal with mental health concerns arising due to COVID-19.

Read the full article in The Reporter.