Student Health Services now offers TimelyCare Telehealth, a virtual care service to help students meet their mental health needs.
On Tuesday, April 19, the Academic Senate discussed the virtual care system that would be provided free of charge to all El Camino students and staff.
Susan Nilles, Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner of Student Health Services, introduced the agenda item due to poor student mental health.
“There’s no one who isn’t somewhat depressed or anxious because of the pandemic, obviously we need that,” Nilles said.
Student Health Services already has two psychologists who see several students every day. Students have access to healthcare opportunities including meeting with a licensed counselor, basic needs, faculty and staff reports, and TimelyCare conversations.
“It was made possible by supplements allocated by the state,” said Nilles.
Some of the resources needed for basic needs are food, shelter, and transportation.
“Of course students and faculty already have access to resources on campus such as the Warrior Pantry, this will be in addition to the resources we have at our school,” Nilles said.
TimelyCare offers a 24/7 helpline designed for faculty and staff to support students in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
Students can take care of their personal well-being by participating in free virtual classes and activities.
These classes include group sessions such as yoga and guided meditation.
“Students already have 6 visits to health services per semester, which will result in 12 additional visits to students each year,” Nilles said.
Nilles said he noticed that several students had blackouts in the middle of class and that it would be beneficial for their well-being.
TimelyCare is partnering with El Camino College and offering a raffle for a $250 Amazon gift card if you register by Saturday, April 30.