Triage

What is a triage?

Generally, the first step for students to get support from Student Health and Wellness—Mental Health (SHaW-MH) is called a triage (exceptions include Mental Health Crises and Consultation and Support). These appointments are typically held over the phone. Triages are brief assessments with a therapist to help us learn more about why you are seeking support. We will ask you questions like, “What’s going on that brings you in?” and “how is your sleep/eating/academics?” as well as questions pertaining to your safety including thoughts about suicide and thoughts of harming others. You and the therapist will discuss options for next steps that best address your particular needs. Resources and support may include a referral to a workshop, short-term individual or group therapy, discussion of medication services, and/or referrals to other campus or community resources.

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How do I schedule a triage?

Students may schedule a triage online or by phone (860-486-4705) and should be prepared for the appointment by being in a quiet and private location. Please call us for any specific requests or accommodations.

What if I have an immediate need for help?

Students who are experiencing a mental health crisis are encouraged to utilize SHaW-MH crisis resources here.