New Counseling Services at UAF

FAIRBANKS- Counselors at UAF say mental health issues at universities have been rising dramatically across the country, now they have a new way to connect with at– risk students on campus. UAF's new suicide prevention program is internet based, allowing counselors to send emails to all students living on campus. The emails contain a survey about mental health, and depending how students answer, they can be marked as “at risk.” Counselors will follow up with at risk students and invite them for one–on–one counseling. This type of program has been well researched and is used by about 25 colleges across the nation. The Associate Director for Counseling Services at UAF says their goal is to reach students who may not traditionally seek help. Any part– time or full– time student can receive six counseling sessions for free.