“In addition to reduced wait times for initial appointments, as well as more regular ongoing appointments, we expect the increase in staffing will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students and student groups through outreach activities.” – Dean Whaley
Yesterday afternoon, Dean Mike Whaley sent out an all-campus email informing the student body that an additional full-time psychotherapist will be joining CAPS in the fall of 2017. This comes after the announcement of the hiring of a full-time APRN after more than a semester without a prescriber (part-time or full-time) on campus.
According to Whaley’s email, the new hires “will improve comprehensive services for sexual violence prevention and treatment and allow the team to continue building stronger relationships with marginalized students.”
The email, however, leaves out any discussion of the student-organized campaign and WSA resolution from last semester that originally proposed expansions in CAPS. Read past the jump for the full text of Dean Whaley’s email and more context on the student efforts that made this new staff position a reality.
Have you heard about the #WesNeedsCAPS Campaign? Do you want to know more?:
Tell us about why you need greater accessibility to CAPS by taking part in the #WesNeedsCAPS photo campaign October 31st through November 4th @Usdan, 11am-3pm.
You can also sign the petition here: https://goo.gl/forms/5DyjFJf9bVqliKZc2
Or, fill out the anonymous survey about your experience with mental health at Wesleyan here:
At Williams and Trinity, students from 2014-15 waited at most two days to get non-emergency mental health counseling.
At Amherst, they waited a day and a half.
At Bowdoin and Connecticut College, they had no wait.
At Wesleyan, they waited three weeks.
For three weeks, students who needed counseling and support marked down the days on their calendars as they missed classes, lost sleep, dropped commitments, and suffered.
Now, a year later, they still have to wait over a week and face a limit on the number of weekly appointments they can make per year.
If Wesleyan hopes that its students will grow into leaders and torchbearers, it, as an institution, should endeavor to do the same and commit to providing students care when they need—that means no wait—for as many times as the need—that means no cap on the number of weekly visits. Namely, the budget committee should approve the CAPS fiscal year 2017 budget request and:
1. Hire two new, full-time psychologists.
2. Raise our half-time therapist up to full-time.
3. Approve the hiring of a full-time Advanced Practicing Nurse Practitioner (APRN).
4. Increase the CAPS operating budget for the first time in six years.
Date: Monday October 31-Friday November 4
Time: 11 AM-3 PM
The deadline to sign up for this CAPS-run group is coming up:
The Sexual Assault Support Group for male-identified survivors will be held on Tuesdays, beginning September 29th-December 8th from 7:00-8:15pm. Meetings will follow an open support group format and participants determine group topics each week.
Contact Alysha B. Warren, LPC, Therapist/Sexual Violence Resource Coordinator at awarren[at]wesleyan[dot]edu for more information. Reference “Tuesday Support Group” in the subject line. The deadline to sign-up is Thursday, September 24th.
Date: Tuesdays, September 29-December 8
Place: find out by emailing
From Caroline Catlin ’15:
There will be an open space in Espwesso for anyone who wants to come together and support one another due to recent campus events. Free tea will be provided as well as materials to write messages of support to the community (we will have giant pieces of paper) and/or make cards or notes (with out using names) to people in the hospital. Resources and information on different support systems will be available. Organized by CAPS and Active Minds at Wes.
Date: Tuesday, Feb 24
Time: 2-6 PM
all-caps LADD released a new single just for all the lovers out there on Valentine’s Day with the message “Thanks to all our friends and everyone who comes out and supports us at our shows!” Check it out on bandcamp or here:
An update from our friends at 8-to-8:
Want to talk? Starting now, due to being understaffed, 8-to-8 is operating at new hours. We are now available Sunday to Wednesday from 7pm to 7am on both calls and chat and Thursday to Saturday from 10pm to 2am *chat only*.
If you have tried to contact us and we were not there, we offer you our sincerest apologies! Please try calling at these new hours and someone will be there.
Feel free to call us at 860-685-7789 or chat us at 8-to-8.group.wesleyan.edu!
The WESupport student group is once again teaming up with Counseling and Psychological Services to bring you the Mental Health Support Groups. This year, WESupport will offer two weekly meetings in order to fulfill the varying needs of the student body. If you’ve been struggling with depression, anxiety, the pace of college life, loneliness, stress, or anything else of that nature, you should join us! All are welcome! The groups will be facilitated by trained students who are also participants. We maintain a policy of confidentiality among group members in order to ensure as safe and respectful an environment as possible.
* On Mondays 4:30-5:45pm the group will remain open for students to come and go each week as they please.
* On Wednesdays 4:30-5:45pm we will meet as a closed group that maintains a set number of members, which will be solidified within the first couple weeks of meeting.
The first meeting of the open group is Monday, September 15th, from 4:30-5:45pm.
The first meeting of the closed group is Wednesday, September 17th, from 4:30-5:45pm.
Both groups will meet in the solarium on the 2nd floor of the Davison Health Center. Anyone and everyone is welcome at both first meetings!
If you have any questions or concerns, email us at WESupport[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Hope to see you there!
Date of open group: Monday, September 15
Time: 4:30-5:45 PM
Date of closed group: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 4:30-5:45 PM
Place: Davison Health Center solarium
WesWell & CAPS want to provide you with inspiration for maintaining positivity during the Day of Happiness THIS Wednesday, April 30. We have two great events—each with FREE DINNER planned for you! Check
out the details and Facebook events:
1. The Science of Happiness & Notably Sharp Performance (5pm in Usdan 108) Hear Mariah Schug, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan, speak about positive psychology and how to integrate its ideas and findings into your approach to life. FREE DINNER provided!
Jamie Jung ’16 writes in about an exploration of the physical and spiritual approaches to depression and addiction:
Undoubtedly the issue of depression is a rampaging topic not only in schools, but in one’s personal mind. But what triggers it? How does one deal with it? Bring your own questions (and most importantly, yourself!) to the 3rd annual Veritas Forum at Wesleyan University.
Dr. Dan Blazer – Vice Chair of Faculty, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Dr. Nii Addy – Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Yale University
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer D’Andrea – Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Wesleyan University
Date: Friday, November 1st
Place: Exley 150
This message went out a few days ago, but merits a reminder.
From CAPS Director Jennifer D’Andrea:
The Wesleyan community mourns the loss of Noah Langholz, who took his life while on leave from Wesleyan on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Staff from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life are working with Noah’s friends and classmates to plan a campus memorial that will take place in the near future.
The staff at Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS) and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life(ORSL) are available to provide support to anyone who is struggling and in need of assistance. Please do not hesitate to reach out and make use of the following resources.
(As always in an emergency students may contact 860-685-2910)