Christie Campus Health Adds SilverCloud Health To Mental Health Services Platform For College Students
One of the nation’s leading providers of mental health services for college students has announced that it is partnering with another leader in the space to offer evidence-based, mental health therapy and wellbeing solutions to students.
Christie Campus Health has added internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (ICBT) from SilverCloud Health, a leading digital mental health platform, to its CONNECT@College platform, which now makes it the nation’s most broad-based platform of live and web-based services available to colleges and universities to help them deliver mental health support to students, according to Kate Begley, Christie Campus Health’s CEO.
“We chose SilverCloud Health as a partner because of their extensive research and leading outcomes demonstrating long lasting, clinically significant improvements in mental health,” said Begley. “SilverCloud Health’s student-specific content was critical in choosing a partner and really sets them apart from other programs in the marketplace.”
SilverCloud Health offers a digital, on-demand mental health and well-being platform that is secure, anonymous, and interactive, and helps students manage feelings and causes of depression, anxiety or stress with expert coaches or self-guided programs. It consists of seven interactive modules that include mindfulness exercises, interactive journaling, and mood or lifestyle charting, providing colleges and universities an efficient way to offer their students timely, on-demand, and clinically appropriate care.
“Student demand for mental health and wellbeing support has grown dramatically, especially in this COVID environment. Students are experiencing significantly more rates of depression, stress, anxiety, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts than ever before,” Begley said. “SilverCloud Health expands our already wide continuum of services to students at a time when college counseling centers are struggling to keep up with demand,” Begley said.
Even though Christie Campus Health offers 24/7, live access to counselors, many students may not need, want, or have time for regular counseling with a licensed clinician. For these students, SilverCloud Health’s internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy can be an effective alternative or supplement.
“As a result of the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, colleges and universities need to break down traditional barriers of access to mental health resources and provide convenient and empowering solutions for their students,” said Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud Health. “By joining forces with Christie Campus Health, unmatched and trusted behavioral health support will be available to students when and where they need it most.”
The SilverCloud Health program offers students access to several personalized mental health and wellbeing programs and tools to address stress, anxiety, depression, alcohol use, sleep, self-care, and more. It offers 24/7 access available from desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone and includes interactive tools such as a personal journal, mood monitor, quizzes, and breathing and meditation exercises. While the program is self-guided, students also have the option to be supported by a SilverCloud Health coach, an important distinction, according to Christie’s Chief Clinical Officer Kaitlin Gallo, Ph.D.
“Research has demonstrated that guided ICBT programs are associated with higher rates of session completion as compared to unguided ones. SilverCloud Health is effective, with 85% of users seeing improvement. Those improvements last even after finishing the program. Three months after completing the program, 60% of those who met diagnostic criteria for depression before using SilverCloud Health, 50% who had anxiety, and 46% who had both clinical depression and anxiety before using the program no longer met diagnostic criteria for those conditions,” Gallo said.
Christie Campus Health now serves almost 500,000 students across the country at over 100 college and university campuses. It has experienced rapid growth in the last year not only because of COVID-driven increases in demand and a national clinical labor shortage but also because it amalgamates “best-of-class” mental health products and services into one platform, helps school counseling centers install those products and services on campuses, provides training and ongoing support to counseling staff, and helps schools drive student awareness of the services available to them through customized campus marketing campaigns.
Christie Campus Health helps colleges and universities deliver best-in-class products and services at no cost to students. In addition to SilverCloud Health, the Christie platform gives students access to Headspace, a leading meditation and mindfulness app that helps students build coping and resiliency skills; the Wellness Hub, an online portal and app that offers educational content, online tools and self-assessments; a 24/7 clinician-staffed support line dedicated to providing in-the-moment support and connecting students to the resources they may need through a network of over 50,000 mental health service providers nationwide; support for students studying abroad; professional Navigators who can help students address barriers to treatment; and psychiatric prescribing resources at clinics nationwide.
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