By Katie Peters and Holly Feola– Arts Editor and News Editor
Quarantine can make it difficult to access mental health resources. In a time when it’s important to be there for people who need it, in-person support isn’t always an option. The lack of face-to-face interactions with a support system may leave people feeling isolated. Many people have turned to the internet for help.
During this time, the counseling center is providing support to any undergraduate students using Tele-health. If a person would like to book an appointment they can email the Director of the Counseling Center Sharon Harrington-Hope firstname.lastname@example.org or email CounselingCenter@lasell.edu.
Though getting professional help for mental health issues is extremely important, some may need additional support. There is no shortage of apps that can help in hard times. While these are no substitute for trained, certified therapists, many of these apps can be used 24/7, which can be beneficial to those who need an additional support system. All of these apps can be found for free in the Apple App store or Google Play store.
Keeping track of medications can be difficult, especially for those who are forgetful. MediSafe keeps track of a person’s medication. Reminders will pop up on the user’s phone at times they set. This user-friendly app gives clients the chance to invite a trusted friend to be notified if the medication hasn’t been marked as taken in the app. That friend can gently remind someone to take whatever medication they need.
Depression can be extremely hard to manage even with therapy. This app offers a free depression screening test and tools to navigate life. However, it’s important to be mindful that these screenings are not to be used in place of profession diagnosis. Users can journal their feelings and track their physical activity all within the app. There is an option for users to create a safety plan in case they are feeling suicidal. The app also offers free videos focused on mental well-being.
Rise Up + Recover
Eating disorders are harmful when left untreated, and recovery may need constant attention which can be difficult for those struggling. Rise Up + Recover aims to make recovery from any eating disorder a little bit easier by being an outside addition to therapy. Users are able to log the food they eat and how they feel when they eat, without tracking calories. It also provides coping strategies in case the user feels the need to binge, purge or restrict.
Some people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may have difficulty when trying to manage their compulsions on their own. Apps like nOCD are there to help during unexpected OCD episodes. Users can video chat with a licensed psychologist or social worker to help them through rough times. They also offer continued support after the episode for as long as the user needs.