Wellness Center suggests off-campus mental health resources as appointment demand increases 

Students on the waitlist for appointments at the Wellness Center can now find additional options for mental health support. 

Cathy Calvert, director of Mental Health Services at UCCS, said that the number of appointments students are making at the Wellness Center each semester is increasing. During the fall semester, students made 1,035 clinical appointments. At this point in the spring semester, students have made 1,177 appointments. 

To better support students on the the waitlist, the Wellness Center has created a list of off-campus mental health resources for students on their website. It includes options for mental health counseling, psychological evaluations and assessments, psychiatric prescribers and more. 

Students can also use the digital platform SilverCloud for mental health support. 

According to Calvert, “[SilverCloud] is a digital platform that uses valuable and reliable standardized Cognitive Behavior Therapy principles to address specific mental health challenges through a self-paced program. It is open to all who have a UCCS email account.” 

The Wellness Center has additional opportunities for mental health support on campus, including things like QPR workshops, which educate students on suicide warning signs, and the CARE Team, a crisis response group that supports and provides resources for students.  

According to their website, the CARE Team “addresses concerns related to students’ safety and wellbeing, and … support students in times of challenge and crisis.” 

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is another mental health resource available to students that can help them better understand mental health issues through “research, healing, and community training and empowerment.” 

Students looking for more information on these alternative mental health resources can email the Wellness Center at [email protected] or call them at 719-255-4444. 

Hallway located in the Gallogy Recreation and Wellness Center. Photo by Meghan Germain.