#GivingTuesday 2020: No Student Alone

This campaign ended on December 06, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Pacific Lutheran University by clicking here!

For GivingTuesday, we’re challenging the PLU community to raise $8,470 to DOUBLE funds for PLU student mental health

The pandemic has intensified the mental health needs of PLU students, but your gift will help provide students free access to mental health support wherever and whenever they need it.

Together we support mental health so no student has to cope alone

👇 Scroll down to Updates to learn more. 👇

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came together for PLU student mental health! 

Because of you, a PLU student will not have to cope alone. Because of you, we more than tripled new funding for student mental health resources. 

Your financial support is allowing for an increased number of hours per week of psychiatry services; for staff training in equity-minded, racially just and culturally responsive services; and for upgraded systems and technology to better serve students.

As Joanna Royce-Davis, Vice President for Student Life, shared: 
"I am so touched by the care that alumni, family members, staff, faculty, and students shared for our students. Your contributions during GivingTuesday will make an immediate difference to the consistent availability of mental health resources for students — and their equitable access to them. Thank you for prioritizing student mental health during a period of time when the need for well being support and resources is especially urgent."

Thank you for helping students cope AND thrive.

318 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
You Can Still Help

Don't worry if you missed the Tuesday of GivingTuesday. You can still help.

Our challenge and your opportunity to give extends all week — because the mental health of PLU students is so important, especially now. 

Make your gift today. Together we support student mental health. 

323 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
Student Perspective

Thank you to everyone who has already shown students that they do not have to be alone on their mental health journeys! 

Because of you, we have already more than DOUBLED new funds available to support mental health resources for PLU students. 

But we’re not done yet because of students like Grace.

When asked why mental health services are important for students, PLU senior, psychology major and Women’s Rowing student-athlete Grace Bingay says: 

"[Without student mental health resources], I doubt I would be where I am today. Providing mental health services means that students like me can get the support they need — especially if they don’t have transportation or money to seek treatment elsewhere. Personally, the mental health services at PLU, especially the Counseling Center, have changed my entire life.”

"The need for mental health resources is greater than ever right now. It's important the resources at PLU continue to grow so we can accommodate all students. I'm grateful for the help I received when I was at my lowest — and now I care deeply that all students receive the help they need."

Grace Bingay '21 at the Active Minds conference in February 2020.

If you haven’t yet, please invite others to join you today in supporting PLU student mental health. You can use the Share, Tweet and Copy Link buttons on the giving page. 

Thank you again for your support of students!

324 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
Doubling Support

In September, Pierce County Connected generously provided PLU a grant for $8,470 to help meet the intensified mental health needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Pierce County Connected support made possible an important and necessary first investment in technology for mental health counselors to provide care to students virtually. 

Now we’re challenging the PLU community to double those funds because the need for student mental health resources is still greater than the funding available.

Raising an additional $8,470 from the PLU community will help with needs like increasing staffing capacity and providing additional technology so that services like 24/7 telehealth and virtual counseling can be improved and serve more students in need.

Let’s rise to the challenge, come together and DOUBLE support for PLU student mental health. 

330 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
The Pandemic Impact

It's public news that the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating mental health challenges — and that’s true for PLU students too. 

Even before the uncertainty and anxiety caused by COVID-19, the mental health needs of PLU students were significant and increasing. For instance, compared with 11% of college students nationally who use mental health services, 30% of PLU students were using mental health services. 

Now that we’re 11 months into the pandemic, the Washington Department of Health is predicting an increased risk of suicide, depression and hopelessness for the remainder of 2020 and into early 2021. Across higher education, college students are experiencing new mental health problems and intensified existing problems

At PLU, more PLU students are seeking mental health services than were at this same time last year. 

Your gift can address this intensified need so that no student has to cope alone during this difficult and uncertain time, ensuring that PLU students can access mental health resources wherever and whenever they need them, things like 24/7 telehealth and virtual counseling appointments. 

With it likely that we will be living with the virus for at least the remainder of the academic year, mental health resources like these are essential to meeting critical student need.

330 days ago by Andrea Michelbach
Resources at PLU

The following mental health resources are currently available to PLU students. Your support will help keep these services free for students and also help expand services to meet increased need: 

  • Counseling Center Crisis Line: available to students for urgent mental health support (including on weekends and holidays).
  • Virtual Counseling Sessions: provided by licensed professionals through the PLU Counseling Center and available remotely to students in Washington state. 
  • Student Care Network: an online case-management system for identifying students who may need additional support. Anyone can submit a care report about a student. Learn more in this PLU news article.

Anyone from the PLU community can refer a PLU student to these services or the PLU Counseling Center

If you are not a PLU student and are experiencing mental health challenges yourself, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline at 800-950-6264. 

If you are in crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741 for 24/7 confidential, free crisis counseling, or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

330 days ago by Andrea Michelbach

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