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BC Offers No-Cost Mental and Physical Telehealth to Students

A representative from Kern Behavioral Health speaks at the 2019 Mental Health Symposium.

The Bakersfield College Student Health & Wellness Center is excited to announce a robust slate of telehealth options for students. Mental, physical and COVID-specific support services will be provided on the BC Telehealth page at no cost to students to help them during this difficult and uncertain time.

Students have mental telehealth options for both 1-on-1 sessions and group sessions in a confidential, virtual environment. There are 2 full-time mental health providers on staff who provide services to students on a flexible schedule, including accommodations for weekend appointments. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the telehealth services if they are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, alcohol and drug issues, adjustment to college life, stresses of sheltering in place or fears around COVID-19.

"At a time like this, we're seeing a lot of isolation, anxiety and stress on our students. It is our hope that by spreading the word about the telehealth options for mental health services, students will reach out to get the help they need," said David Seymour, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Student Health and Wellness Center. "We have always offered a strong network of support services to our BC community. I'm excited that we were able to adapt quickly and add tele-mental health options to our toolbox for student success."

Students are also encouraged to connect with the BC Advice Nurses, who are available to discuss physical and mental health concerns and can refer students to appropriate resources. There is no charge at all to use the Advice Nurse Service. The Advice Nurse Service is staffed by registered nurses who provide expert assistance via Zoom or over the phone.

The Student Health & Wellness Center is providing a weekly forum for students who have questions about COVID-19. These forums are another source of quality information and support for Renegade students, who are facing many challenges during this troubling time.

“Our students’ health and well-being is our number one priority,” said Cindy Collier, acting director of the Student Health & Wellness Center. “We are grateful to be able to provide these needed services during this time of transition when many of our students may not know where to turn for help. We want our students to know that Bakersfield College is there to support them, not only academically, but also with their physical and mental health needs.”

For continued updates to Bakersfield College’s COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID-19 Response Page.

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