Tag: Counseling Services

Exploring current counseling options

Breanna Hill, Features Editor

An increase in battles with mental health has risen 67 percent since the global pandemic began and it needs to be addressed. During these unprecedented times, mental health tends to plummet in people of all ages. Depression and anxiety set it and it can become too much for anybody, even those who may not have shown any depression/anxiety symptoms before the start of the coronavirus outbreak. 

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How mental health awareness is trending in society and at Jacksonville State University

Jada Hester, Correspondent

Over the past several years, society has collectively made efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Getting educated, learning about available resources, and raising awareness are all ways people have become more informed about mental illnesses. This is especially true for college students, but society as a whole has become much more mindful about mental health, as well.

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New year, new bus station

Katie Cline, Editor-in-Chief

Renovations in Daugette Hall have prompted JSU to move the central Gamecock Express bus station, freeing up 60 new parking spots for students and faculty.

The station, formerly known as the Gamecock Express Grand Central Station, was located off the Quad between Fitzpatrick and Daugette Halls as of the end of the Fall 2017 semester. Effective Spring 2018, the station will be in the parking lot adjacent to the Amphitheater behind Stone Center. It has been renamed the GX Bus Station. Gamecock Express bus routes have been adjusted to accommodate this relocation, and the new routes can be found on JSU’s website.

The parking spots created in the old bus station are now designated as orange parking and will primarily serve the residents of Fitzpatrick and Daugette Halls.

Students who are able to park at Meehan Hall, Curtiss Hall, Kennamer Hall, Paul Carpenter Village, Colonial Arms Apartments, Campus Inn Apartments, Penn House Apartments, Jax Apartments and the athletic field house can also park in this new lot.

Fitzpatrick Hall is a traditional female freshman dorm, and Daugette Hall houses both male upperclassmen and offices. Students must have lived on campus for a least one semester or be a transfer student to request a room in Daugette Hall. The single-occupancy rooms feature one twin bed, one desk, one chair, one dresser, two closets, wireless internet and premium cable television access as well as a lounge area and four community bathrooms.

On the other side of Daugette Hall are offices for several departments, including Veteran Services (room 101), Counseling Services and Testing Services (room 140) and Disability Support Services (room 139). The Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Support is located in the basement of Daugette and provides military veteran students with information on VA Educational Benefits, careers, scholarships, registration, tutoring and counseling opportunities.

Offices of individuals from the IT Department, including Enterprise Information Systems and Systems and Security can be found on the first and second floors.

As of Spring 2018, some faculty from the Department of Kinesiology have moved from the Pete Matthews Coliseum to Daugette Hall room 90.

For questions regarding parking, contact UPD Parking Enforcement Supervisor Buddy Smith at bsmith@jsu.edu or (256) 782-5566.

 

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Jacksonville State hosts 12th annual Health Fair

JSU hosted its 12th annual Health Fair on September 11th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the TMB auditorium. The fair was a joint effort between different organizations such as Counseling Services, JSU Peer Educators, Health Services Center and University Housing and Residence Life.

“It’s about an opportunity to bring all these different organizations and services under one roof, and hope that students will come by and gather information and be equipped to stay more healthy,” said Director of Counseling and Disability Support Services Julie Nix.

Various booths from different organizations around Alabama were set up around the auditorium for students to visit.

Organizations such as the American Red Cross, Sickle Cell Foundation, and 2nd Chance, Inc. were present.

There were also different school organizations present, such as the JSU NAACP chapter, RMC Student Health Center and various fraternities.

Examples of services and information include the Central Alabama chapter of the Sickle Cell Foundation, which provided free testing for sickle cell anemia.

HIV/AIDS testing, blood pressure checks, pressure point massages, asthma screenings, lung volume screenings, bone density screenings and depression screenings were also available.

Sarrell Dental, a non-profit dental practice that offers services to children ages 1-20, was also present.

Chiropractor Dr. David Wade and A Better Body Chiropractic were present.

There was also information on depression from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

One of the largest organizations, the Alabama Department of Public Health, was providing pamphlets containing information about STDs and birth control options.

The ADPH also demonstrated the harmful effects of tobacco with the use of a tar-filled jar.

Food and refreshments were provided by the Peer Educators of Counseling Services. “We are pretty much the hands of the fair. We do a lot of the setting up, the cleaning up and making sure the tables get to the vendors,” said Jade Scott, Peer Educator Coordinator.

Taylor Brown
Staff Writer