Message of Support, Solidarity, and Coping Recommendations from

Student Counseling and Health Services 

 

Message to the community:

In keeping with the Institution's mission and values, we know that Connecticut College community members are compassionate, empowered, and actively engaged in the campus, local, and global communities. Given the aforementioned, we know that you may be feeling many things in response to the Nation’s most recent efforts to confront deeply institutionally embedded anti-Black racism. We stand in solidarity with those who are at risk of racist violence, with those who are taking action, and we are committed to do our part to support equity in the context of our role in the community. As the Connecticut College community staff persons honored with the task of tending to and advocating for the mental and physical health of students at this time, we think it important to speak to the connection between inequity, the fight for justice, and mental health and wellbeing. We hope that the words and resources included in this communication will assist you in maintaining your wellness during this time.  

Pervasive institutional racism and other manifestations of bigotry disproportionately impact marginalized communities; they are, as we are seeing at present (and have seen in the past), life-threatening. Systemic racism and injustice have a deleterious effect on the mental and physical health of both its targets and larger society. These realities are painful and difficult to process and "sit with." Accordingly we encourage you not to simply sit with them. We suggest that following a period of reflection, you work to actively confront these realities and honor your related emotions.

Confronting the reality of inequity and injustice and its impact on human lives is a part of the process of moving toward mental health and wellbeing for individuals, it is also a necessary means of creating societal change. We encourage Conn community members to stay aware of and to engage with these realities by pursuing accurate historic and current information. Additionally, we encourage taking related empowered actions to facilitate change. Know that change-oriented action comes in a variety of forms; for some it may involve written or verbal communication either in small spheres of influence or public forums. Others may engage in protests aimed at legislative reform. All change-oriented action is meaningful and has the potential to serve as a valuable contribution. Regardless of the specific mode of action, change-oriented processes facilitate hope, understanding, agency, and connection with others. Hope, understanding, agency, and connection between people increase mental health and wellbeing. Notably, these (among other things) are factors which may serve to reduce the biases that underlie discriminatory actions against others; the very change targeted by the actions. 

We know that there is an emotional and physical toll related to confronting reality, speaking truth to power, protesting, and working toward equity and justice. Accordingly we offer the following recommendations related to engagement in that work: honor your limits by boundary setting, allow time and space for pauses and reflection, take breaks (or time away from action) as needed, engage in life-affirming pleasurable activities in between work to confront and address inequity-related realities. The treatment of Black people and other marginalized communities in our Nation often fails to reflect appreciation for and awareness of their humanity. Honoring the full humanity of others and yourself is at such times a radical act. Radical self-care is an integral part of sustainable work toward justice, surviving, and thriving during times of adversity. We urge Conn community members to couple change-focused engagement with radical self-care. Tend to your physical and mental health by engaging in regular practices of mindfulness, emotional processing, counseling support as necessary, and connections with others. 

Although we are not open during the summer months, we offer the resources that follow this letter to the community at this time. We look forward to engaging again with you all in the fall. Until then, please stay well and take good care,

Your Student Counseling Services and Student Health Services Staff 

Resources to support your sustainable engagement in change-oriented action:

Resources for coping with and confronting racism for Black individuals and communities (curated by the University Of Illinois)

Resources to facilitate antiracism (curated by the University Of Illinois)

Resources to facilitate ongoing efforts to coping with the global pandemic:

 

Purpose

Student Health Services is a licensed, outpatient clinic attending to the immediate primary health needs of all matriculated Connecticut College students. Our purpose is to help students maintain optimal general health through the disciplines of physical and mental health, and health education around lifestyle choices. This is accomplished with the help of a full-time staff of board certified and credentialed health care providers and professional support staff. All professional services are delivered with attention to confidentiality. In the event of a serious illness or injury, parents or guardian will be notified at the discretion of the staff.

Appointments

Students have the ability to schedule appointments online 24/7 through the Connecticut College Student Health Services' Web Portal.

Once at this site, you can click on “Appt. Scheduling” and find a time to come in that fits into your schedule. Students may also make an appointment by calling 860-439-2275.

Students who do not attend their scheduled appointment will be charged a $25 no-show fee.

After Hours and Emergency Care

 

Hours (during the academic year)

Student Health Services Hours Week of 1/20/20 - 1/24/20

DayHours
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday Closed

Services

We offer the following services:Urgent and primary care (including GYN) visits with nurse practitioners

  • MD appointments onsite ($150 consultation fee, $90 follow-up)*
  • Prescription delivery from a local pharmacy
  • Physicals for sports/travel/study abroad
  • Specialist referrals
  • Immunizations
  • Health promotion programs and information
  • Routine laboratory tests onsite; labs not processed here are sent to Quest Diagnostics outpatient lab and will be billed to your insurance
  • A limited number of common medications without added charge
  • Travel immunizations and information
  • LGBTQIA inclusive patient-centered care
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment
  • Contraceptive counseling with onsite options available 
  • Emergency contraception (EC). For further information on EC you may look at www.not-2-late.com

*Students with private insurance may visit our web portal,https://connc.studenthealthportal.com, and follow these steps to print a receipt to submit to their carrier for any reimbursement:

  • Register for an account if you have not previously done so (an email will be sent to your Connecticut College email account with a temporary password)
  • Sign in
  • Click on Appointment Scheduling
  • Click on View Appointments
  • Click on Previous Appointments
  • Choose the appropriate receipt and print

Medical Excuse Policy

Health Services does not provide students with notes to take to their faculty confirming medical treatment. Issues of developmental, privacy and workload factors inform this policy. Students are responsible for providing faculty the grounds for the absences, and for conforming to the attendance requirements of particular courses. Students, like the rest of us, are protected from having medical information released without their permission. At the time of treatment, students are encouraged to email their professors regarding their absence and "cc" us in the note. That allows us to confirm the visit and speak to faculty if requested.

Students under treatment for health reasons outside of Student Health Services (SHS) may bring documentation to SHS to be submitted to their health record. This documentation will assist in the support SHS may offer to the dean regarding missed classes/work. FERPA / HIPAA privacy act 

Privacy

Student Health Service's Notice of Privacy