We at Student Mental Health & Wellness Services (SMHWS) would like to take this time to inform you of some changes that go into effect on July 1st. Drs. Stern and Baird-Feldman, who have Co-Directed the SMHWS since 2012 will be leaving NYMC as of August 2nd. They will be reaching out to the community separately to convey their gratitude and say farewell.
We are pleased to share that Robin Hershkowitz, LCSW-R, who has been working in SMHWS for the last three years will assume the role of Director and continue to be available to guide and support the mental health needs of the student body. Robin has over 20 years’ experience as a clinician and held previous roles as a director. We are honored to have her take the helm and continue to be an advocate for the mental health needs of all students at NYMC.
In response to consistent feedback regarding the need for more mental health services, NYMC has formed a partnership with Teladoc and Health Advocate to provide free, confidential, virtual mental health services, both long term and during emergent situations, to all students. Teladoc’s Mental Health services offer students the opportunity to work with a clinician of their choice. Students will have access to psychiatrists, psychologists and licensed clinical social workers by appointment, seven days a week. Health Advocate will offer professional telephone evaluation and in the moment support, where help is available 24/7. Other support services through Health Advocate include help with childcare, eldercare, relocation, financial and legal problems, life transitions, substance abuse and more.
These expanded services will replace our current structure starting July 1st and offer a more comprehensive mental health program. More detailed information about how to create a profile and connect with Teladoc and Health Advocate will be sent to students directly on July 1st.
One of the cornerstones of SMHWS is wellness classes (e.g., yoga, meditation), psychoeducational workshops and events (e.g., suicide prevention, sleep hygiene) as well as the Interactive Screening Program (ISP). Under Robin’s direction and supervision, these important services will continue. We will offer sessions with interns in addition to maintaining our ongoing collaboration with faculty, staff, and student organizations on campus.
We encourage you to reach out to any of us if you have questions about transitioning your care to a new provider and strongly recommend you sign up for the new services as soon as they become available on July 1st.
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Following the preventative actions put in place by Administration, a few temporary changes have been implemented for the Department of Student Mental Health and Wellness:
Wellness classes are available on demand throughout the summer. Please click here to watch the recorded yoga & meditation sessions. Live classes will resume in Fall, 2021.
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last updated 7/6/21