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NC State creates new mental health program for students :: WRAL.com

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— Universities around the Triangle are making sure their students know there are resources for mental health on campus.

North Carolina State University leaders said the suicide investigations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a sense or urgency.

"I can't say it's totally surprising because of COVID. Everyone is getting more and more depressed, and so, it's hard to go out and meet people, and you just feel so alone," said N.C. State student Kevin Ritter.

Ritter said he's had a difficult year. He added that while he knows there is help, he doesn't know where to find it.

In August, N.C. State's wellness and recreation department announced a new initiative to train students, faculty and compus police in 'mental health first aid.'

"This is a 24-hour training to really teach more concrete skills of understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and suicide, in particular," said Angel Bowers, the director of prevention services at N.C. State.

Bowers said her staff has seen more students needing mental support since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The university sends out resource reminders, according to Bowers, but it is much more than just counseling.

"It's also important that we know our students are fed and they have a place to live," she added.

Bowers said those who are trained through the program have noticed an increased awareness around mental health stigmas.

University leaders hope more students and staff will take advantage of the program, especially those who are having trouble finding help outside of school.

"It's hard for me to reach out to my therapist because I'm from New Jersey and that's where my therapist is at," said Ritter.

N.S. State also has a hotline with counselors available for students at 919-515-2423.

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NC State creates new mental health program for students :: WRAL.com

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— Universities around the Triangle are making sure their students know there are resources for mental health on campus.

North Carolina State University leaders said the suicide investigations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a sense or urgency.

"I can't say it's totally surprising because of COVID. Everyone is getting more and more depressed, and so, it's hard to go out and meet people, and you just feel so alone," said N.C. State student Kevin Ritter.

Ritter said he's had a difficult year. He added that while he knows there is help, he doesn't know where to find it.

In August, N.C. State's wellness and recreation department announced a new initiative to train students, faculty and compus police in 'mental health first aid.'

"This is a 24-hour training to really teach more concrete skills of understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and suicide, in particular," said Angel Bowers, the director of prevention services at N.C. State.

Bowers said her staff has seen more students needing mental support since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The university sends out resource reminders, according to Bowers, but it is much more than just counseling.

"It's also important that we know our students are fed and they have a place to live," she added.

Bowers said those who are trained through the program have noticed an increased awareness around mental health stigmas.

University leaders hope more students and staff will take advantage of the program, especially those who are having trouble finding help outside of school.

"It's hard for me to reach out to my therapist because I'm from New Jersey and that's where my therapist is at," said Ritter.

N.S. State also has a hotline with counselors available for students at 919-515-2423.

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