Edmonds College Foundation receives $ 170,000 grant from Verdant to expand mental health services
The Edmonds College Foundation recently received $ 170,000 from the Verdant Health Commission to expand its mental health services to students. The grant will fund two additional advisory positions at the college’s Resource and Advisory Center (CRC) for the 2021-2022 academic year, with two additional annual renewals.
“Mental health issues are one of the primary indicators of a student’s academic performance and college completion, and CRC strives to meet the needs of our students,” said President of EC, Dr Amit B. Singh. “Verdant Health has been a great partner and funder in our community, and we are very grateful for their continued support. This grant will allow us to take care of a greater number of students by improving their health and well-being while supporting them in their academic progress.
Mental health issues continue to be prevalent on campuses across the country, and EC is no exception to the significant demand for counseling services in recent years, the college said in announcing the grant award.
“Verdant is proud to partner with the Edmonds College Foundation to support the expansion of behavioral health services at the College’s Resource and Counseling Center,” said Verdant Superintendent Lisa Edwards. “It is so essential that students have access to psychological support when they need it, and this grant will increase staff to reduce or eliminate the wait list and get mental health support for students in a timely manner. “
With this grant, EC will be able to increase appointments to approximately 4,100 per year from 2,067 appointments attended by students in 2018-19, and services will continue to be free, accessible and focused. on social justice.
“CRC provides behavioral health / counseling for all types of mental health and wellness issues,” said CRC Deputy Director Diana Chernisky. “The main concerns are related to trauma, stress, depression and anxiety, although we have also worked with students with concurrent and / or pervasive mental health issues.
“In addition, our staff responds to students in distress and in the management of crisis situations. Verdant’s financial support will allow us to increase the number of students who can meet with a counselor and get the help they need, as we expect an increase in the number of students seeking services as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “
CRC’s Mental Health Expansion Project will serve a very diverse student body, most of whom live in the South Snohomish County service area. EC’s student body includes a high ratio of BIPOC, LGBTQ plus students, veterans, international students, immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. CRC also serves students of all ages and abilities and students who were unable to graduate from high school and need help completing high school as well as completing college, students of first generation, Running Start students and students from low-income families with housing. and financial instability.
For more information on CRC, visit edmonds.edu/conseils.