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Student Health Services offers a sanitized facility and many free health care services for students, including mental health.

Many people have delayed seeking health care due to fears of COVID-19, but this approach is both unnecessary and potentially harmful to your health. Don’t wait when it comes to your health care needs – EKU Student Health Services is open for in-person visits and free services for students including women’s care, birth control, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, physicals, evaluation of illness and injury, and mental health care. The facility has been set up for social distancing and is sanitized following each patient’s visit. Certain exam rooms are allocated specifically for sick patients and equipped with a specialized air filter and UV light to kill viruses. 

In addition to putting off important health care needs, the pandemic has increased rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Through times of social isolation and drastic life changes as a result of the pandemic, it’s especially important to take care of your mental health and seek help for coping through the challenges. 

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed, you are not alone. According to a recent study from the Journal of Medical Internet Research regarding college students and mental health during the pandemic, the majority of participants indicated increased stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. A vast majority felt fear and worry about their own health and the health of loved ones, and difficulty in concentrating on studies due to various distractions; a majority experienced sleep pattern disruptions, increased social isolation and concerns about their academic performance. These feelings, experiences and concerns, among others, are legitimate, and you don’t have to face them on your own.

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Support is here for you! Dr. Rachael Hovermale, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, at Student Health Services is available to help. With expertise in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and psychosis, Dr. Hovermale can assess mental health, make a diagnosis, and develop a holistic plan of care. While the plan may include medication, she also frequently recommends counseling services from EKU’s Counseling Center. Due to the size of the Student Health Services clinic allowing for social distancing, Dr. Hovermale has been offering face-to-face visits throughout the pandemic.

All mental health services are free to registered EKU students, as well as physical exams, visits for acute illness or injury, women’s health and STIs. Some services incur charges to patients, including lab services involving drawing blood, certain vaccines and TB skin tests. If medication is prescribed, it will be sent to the pharmacy of your choice and payment will be your responsibility. 

Student Health Services, located in the Rowlett Building, is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 859-622-1761 to make an appointment.  

Published on March 02, 2021

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