Atlanta CAPS

COVID 19 Updates from your

Counseling & Psychological Services Team

CAPS-Atlanta continues to provide services via telemental health (TMH), supporting Mercer students safely and effectively, as we transition into the fall months facing ongoing coronavirus transmission. Updates about CAPS services will be posted here, as appropriate.

In Case of Emergency:

In case of emergency, please contact Mercer Police Department at 678-547-6358 if you are on campus, or call 9-1-1 if you are in the United States off-campus.

In addition, students can access the free Georgia Crisis and Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 for either crisis assistance or assistance with locating mental health resources in their area.

Appointment Information:

All CAPS counseling and support services are currently being provided through telemental health (TMH) modes until further notice. CAPS is offering 30-minute Initial Screening appointments by phone for currently enrolled Mercer students. Please call CAPS at 678-547-6060 to request an appointment. CAPS is also offering 30-minute TMH appointments (as clinically appropriate) via HIPAA-compliant secure video conferencing available through Tao Connect.

Additional Resources:

CAPS encourages Mercer students to visit our library of behavioral health resources available to you at no cost through Tao Connect: https://counseling.mercer.edu/atlanta/taoconnect/. Tao can be used as a self-care resource and/or integrated into sessions with a counselor. Tao and TMH go hand-in-hand, providing modules of selected content to help you build useful skills and perspectives, while using check-ins with a counselor to monitor progress and encourage further growth.

COVID-19 Response:

CAPS is conducting an assessment of student needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re reviewing responses to focus our efforts for best supporting students, building community, and enhancing resiliency. If you have not yet completed this questionnaire, we encourage you to do so now:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAPS-ATL_COVID-19_Initial_Student_Needs_Assessment

For students currently out-of-state:

In accordance with professional ethical guidelines and the laws and regulations pertaining to mental health practice in the state of Georgia, students who have relocated out of state are not currently eligible for ongoing telemental health services from CAPS.  However, we are happy to help students sort out concerns, provide continuity-of-care consultations, and help connect students with local resources.  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Interactive Help:

-Emotional-Support Help Line:  1-866-342-6892

Free access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19.  The toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.

-Other Tele-Therapy Resources:

  • Talkspace Online Therapy – online counseling by text, audio or video messaging at an affordable cost talkspace.com
  • Better Help – professional online counselors available 24/7, private and affordable betterhelp.com 

Mental Health Hotlines – local and national:

  • Crisis Text Line – free, 24/7, confidential text message service for those in crisis – text HOME to 741741 or text STEVE to 741741 (to reach a person of color) crisistextline.org
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Transgender Crisis Hotline: (877) 656-8860
  • LGBTQ+ Hotline: (866) 488-7386
  • Graduate Student Help Line (800) 472-3457
  • Veterans Help Line: (800) 838-2838

Find a therapist Near You – local and national:

HELPFUL READINGS / SELF-HELP RESOURCES

Managing Stress and Anxiety:

Coping with Isolation:

Maintaining Healthy Lifestyle Choices:

Maintaining Social Connectedness While Social Distancing:

Basic Needs Support:

Coping with Loss and Grief:

General:

Helpful Apps:

  1. Daylio Journal – mood tracker and private journal
    1. Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.daylio&hl=en
    2. Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daylio-journal/id1194023242
  2. Youper – emotional health assistant, powered by AI
    1. Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.youper&hl=en
    2. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/youper/id1060691513
  3. WeBot – self-care app using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    1. Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.woebot&hl=en
    2. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/woebot-your-self-care-expert/id1305375832
  4. Mood Tools – tools to deal with depression developed by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America
    1. Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.moodtools&hl=en
    2. Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/moodtools-depression-aid/id1012822112
  5. Fear Tools – tools to deal with anxiety developed by the Anxiety & Depression Association of America
    1. Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.feartools.feartools&hl=en
    2. Apple https://apps.apple.com/us/app/feartools-anxiety-aid/id1179843607
  6. Remente – goal setting and self-improvement
    1. Google Play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.remente.app&hl=en
    2. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/remente-self-improvement/id961633456
  7. Wysa – mood tracker, mindfulness exercises, mental health assessment, powered by AI
    1. Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bot.touchkin&hl=en
    2. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wysa-mental-health-support/id1166585565

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The Atlanta CAPS office provides services to students primarily on Mercer's Atlanta campus.  Do you want to know how to initiate services?  Maybe you would like to put a face to the names of those you might meet in our office.  All of that information and more can be found here.  Welcome!

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am-6:00pm

Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Closed Weekends

Call (678) 547-6060 to schedule an appointment today!

Georgia Crisis and Access Line

For immediate access to routine or crisis services, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. GCAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a crisis.