Student Mental Health Services (SMHS) at Owens State Community College assists students in resolving personal difficulties and in acquiring those skills, attitudes, and resources necessary to both succeed in the college environment and pursue productive and satisfying lives. SMHS strives to contribute to the overall educational mission of the college by facilitating the academic, emotional, and social development of students and by serving as mental health consultant to the campus community. Principles that guide the work of SMHS include respect for diversity, purposeful and holistic student development, and ethical and legal responsibility.
SMHS is a part of Owens Community Collegeís Behavioral Consultation Team and is housed within the Division of Student Affairs.
The mission of SMHS is guided by the mission of Owens Community College: "We believe in serving our students and our communities. Your success is our mission." It is the mission of SMHS to foster personal and academic success through offering individualized and comprehensive support for the personal growth and wellness of students.
SMHS at Owens Community College aspires to offer exceptional and comprehensive SMHS consisting of mental health assessment, counseling, crisis support, linkage to community services, coordination of care, prevention, and education. Through providing services to students, SMHS will support the mission of Owens Community College and actively promote a learning environment that supports personal and academic success.
Owens Community College recognizes that the academic journey is stressful in itself and that additional external factors may detract from the academic experience. SMHS acknowledges the role of positive mental health in academic success and is focused on assisting students in overcoming challenges and increasing opportunities. Through working with students and the college community, SMHS strives to create an environment that empowers students to positively respond to challenges and opportunities which will lead to both personal and academic development.
The four primary goals of SMHS are to:
SMHS will provide services on a fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory basis in accordance with institutional policies and with all applicable state/provincial and federal statutes and regulations. SMHS will maintain an educational and work environment free from discrimination in accordance with the law and institutional policy.