SPC concerned about the mental health of students at the start of the school year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alina Gotovtseva, 19, tries to spend time at the park every day.

“It helps me collect my thoughts, it just helps me spend time alone to process things,” Gotovtseva said.

The Ukrainian pre-nursing student at St. Petersburg College has had a lot to deal with lately.


What do you want to know

  • Alina Gotovtseva, a pre-nursing student at St. Petersburg College, struggled mentally after worrying about loved ones in Ukraine while trying to balance her homework
  • Gotovtseva sought help through the SPC Mental Health and Wellbeing Program and is glad she asked for help
  • Gotovtseva is collaborating with Shanya Turner, Manager of the Student Mental Health and Wellness Program, to help raise awareness of the resources available to students

“After the invasion of Ukraine, I was falling behind in school and really struggling mentally,” Gotovtseva said.

Mourning the loss of loved ones, worrying about those who survived, while trying to focus on school: Gotovtseva sought help through the mental health and wellness program of the SPC.

“I had the opportunity to talk about my feelings with someone I had never met before, so that I could be honest and just share how I felt, how events, news, everything made me feel. feel and how I was coping with it,” Gotovtseva said.

As she learns to cope, Gotovtseva wants to make sure other students get the same kind of support. That’s why she’s partnering with Shanya Turner, Manager of the Student Mental Health and Wellness Program, to help raise awareness about what’s available to students.

“We give students five free sessions each year,” Turner said. “Sometimes it’s just about connecting them to that, other times it’s about directing them to community resources or setting them up with their own self-assurance.”

A comeback event in preparation will help highlight these services at the start of the semester.

“We don’t want to wait for midterm or final exams when students are already under maximum stress, when they’re having trouble adjusting. We really want to get that early intervention,” Turner said.

The support is adapted to the situation of each student.

Happy to have reached out, Alina follows her adviser’s advice to take care of herself. She says the counseling has helped both personally and academically.

She hopes other students, no matter their difficulties, will see how it can help them too.

“If, as campus president, I can ask for help and share my own mental struggles and talk about mental health, then I think every student should be able without shame to ask for help and get help. what he needs before it’s too late.”

Help available to all SPC students.

St. Petersburg College’s Mental Health and Wellness Program offers:

  • Counseling for CPS students through Mantra Health. To register click here
  • Free mental health information
  • Free information on community resources including transportation, housing, food and more

Crisis resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Mobile Crisis Response Team: 727-362-4424

Directory of social/human services:

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