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UC Davis Deploys Mobile Site To Help Students Access Mental Health Services Via Smartphone

Students at the University of California, Davis have a new way to learn about and access mental health services for themselves or friends, thanks to a new Web site at the school.

The mobile-friendly site, dubbed Just in Case, "offers a menu of seven simply worded choices including: 'I'm struggling to cope,' 'I'm worried about a friend,' and 'I might hurt myself,'" according to a school news release. "From there, the resource helps students assess feelings and behaviors and guides them to appropriate resources on the campus and in the community."

"It can take a lot of courage for someone to be willing to seek help when in need," said Zachary Ward, a staff psychologist with Counseling Services at UC Davis, in a prepared statement. "The moment someone is ready, we at Student Health and Counseling Services want to be right there with the resources and support to help. This mobile Web site is another way we can do just that."

The site, which cost UC Davis $3,500 for a two-year contract, was developed by eReadia in partnership with Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

In addition to UC Davis, four other University of California schools and eight other campuses are using a version of the site tailored to their needs.

"The time for mobile delivery of these critical resources is here," said Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA, in a prepared statement. "Several recent high-profile cases have told us that support for a student undergoing crisis is critical on an 'anywhere, anytime' basis. But equally important is support for a friend or roommate who may be in a position to intervene and assist in the process of getting help."

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Joshua Bolkan is the multimedia editor for Campus Technology and THE Journal. He can be reached at jbolkan@1105media.com.

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