We are reopening! Hurricane Irma has created many interesting challenges in Southwest Florida. Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered or lost throughout this ordeal. At CAPS, many of our staff had to evacuate and many others are still without power. As was the case with the entire University, CAPS has been closed since Thursday, September 7th. At this point, we will work our best to try and meet the needs of our clients, the student body at large, and the University community. Please know that if you had an appointment between September 7th and now, we will work to get you rescheduled as soon as possible. We will begin making phone calls to reschedule as early as Wednesday. Scheduling will be a process, as some of our staff are still out of the state due to not having power and others are needed at home with children, who are not returning to school until September 25th.
We will have a table on the student plaza Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week and Monday of next week from 10am - 2pm with information, resources, and activities for the entire University community. Stop by on your way to and/or from class to get some information, engage in creative activities, or debrief your experiences.
Please feel free to call and let us know if you are no longer in need of an appointment or if you have any urgent needs. Our walk-in services (for new clients or urgent concerns) will resume on Wednesday, September 20th, from 1:00 - 3:30pm.
To initiate services, please come to CAPS any weekday between 8:30a - 4:30p. Our office is located on the second floor of Howard Hall. Make sure you have your student ID with you when you come. At that time, you will be asked to provide some brief contact information and then we will schedule you for an initial contact appointment with a counselor as soon as possible. When you arrive for that appointment, you will be asked to provide some additional background information to help us serve you as best we can. You will then have an hour to meet with a counselor, which may be sufficient to meet your needs or you can discuss potential next steps at that time.
If a student is in imminent danger of harm to self or others, call 911 (if off campus), 590-1900 (if on campus), or go to the nearest hospital.
Students in immediate distress outside of normal business hours (evenings, weekends, and holidays) who would like to speak with a mental health professional can call the CAPS help line: (239) 745-EARS (3277).
If you are concerned about your own mental health, please take this anonymous screening for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or other issues from any computer.