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UVM health director quietly resigns after a year on the job

Dr. Harry Chen, Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing

Sawyer Loftus, News and Sports Editor

January 29, 2020

The executive director of UVM’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and the University’s chief public health officer has stepped down from his role.  Harry Chen, former Commissioner of Health for the state of Vermont, is “transitioning” from his role as executive director of the Center for Health and Wellb...

Student demand for CAPS services rises

Jacob’s House on Main Street is one location that offers counseling hours for students. The locations that offer drop-in hours during the school year are the Prism Center and the Davis Center.

Irene Choi, Staff Writer

November 8, 2019

An increase in student demand for mental health services has led to the creation of two new drop-in programs, Let’sTalk and THRIVE, from UVM’s Counseling and Psychiatry Services. At UVM, there has been a 5.6% average increase in student enrollment, but a 29.6% average increase in demand for ment...

A ‘stretched’ CAPS gets a new leader

 New director of Counseling and Psychiatry Services, Carrie Fleider sits in her office on South Williams Street Sept. 19. By hiring Flieder as director of CAPS, the Center for Health and Wellbeing rounds out a time of transition.

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

September 25, 2019

Last year UVM Counseling and Psychiatry Services was left running “very thin,” said the former interim director. Now UVM has hired a new director, who has worked at five universities in the last 20 years.  The addition of Carrie Flieder as director of CAPS rounds out a time of transition ...

Students seek mental health help in winter months

The Jacob’s House is home to UVM’s Counselling and Psychiatry Services where students can set up appointments with counsellors for their mental health needs.

Jean MacBride, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019

Vermont’s dark winters, with their bluster and shadow, leave many studetns struggling with their mental health. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that occurs in nine percent of New England’s population, according to a 2015 study by the National Institute of Health. D...

First-year student dies

First-year student dies

Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

February 3, 2019

A first-year student died unexpectedly over the weekend. First-year Connor Gage from Little Falls, N.Y. died Feb. 2 off campus, according to a Feb. 3 email to the University community from Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs. No exact cause of death has been confirmed by the Bu...

CAPS uses short-term model

The Jacobs House hosts UVM's counseling and psychiatric services. CAPS services are only meant to be used as short-term counseling, but students are unaware of this, said junior Alexa Hererra.

Ben Drape, Staff Writer

October 18, 2018

UVM’S Counseling and Psychiatry Services are only meant to be used as short-term counseling, despite students desiring long-term services. CAPS uses a short-term model when counseling clients, Interim CAPS Director John-Paul Grogan said, although many students use the services for longer-term counseling and being...

Students need more mental health services

Students need more mental health services

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

February 12, 2018

At the end of last semester, senior George S. Tolley IV sought help from Counseling and Psychiatry Services for the first time of his college career, he said. His was a special case, so after calling the office on a Tuesday he managed to get an appointment the following Friday, but most students ...

Students struggle to book health appointments during finals

Students struggle to book health appointments during finals

Joey Waldinger, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2018

Students are struggling to schedule appointments essential to their physical and mental health, often in the days leading up to finals. Due to increased demand for Center for Health and Wellbeing appointments – including Counseling and Psychiatry Services and Student Health Services – students say t...

A conversation with counselor Keith Smith

A conversation with counselor Keith Smith

December 7, 2016

Keith Smith, a UVM psychiatric counselor, sat in a chair in his Jacobs House office, surrounded by psychology textbooks and house plants. Smith serves as the the Men’s Outreach Coordinator and a counselor at UVM. Alongside these duties, he advises the 1 in 4 sexual assault peer education grou...

Is the FitBit a good fit for you?

Photo Illustration by RYAN THORNTON

March 24, 2016

There’s been a recent health fad of fitness and activity tracking devices which are conveniently found on smartphones or worn on wrists.[media-credit name="RYAN THORNTON" align="alignnone" width="354"][/media-credit]On my bus ride home this week I noticed seven of the 10 people on board, myself included, were wearing a variety of trackers of different colors...

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