During your time as a student, you may experience challenges or encounter situations that affect many aspects of your life, including your academic studies. If you are experiencing personal circumstances that feel overwhelming, Penn State World Campus can provide an assortment of valuable mental health resources.
Staff members of CAPS and Penn State World Campus Mental Health Services follow all professional standards, and abide by state and federal laws. Information shared with the Mental Health Case Manager is held in the strictest confidence consistent with professional and ethical standards and state and federal law. Our mental health staff will not release information or discuss your situation with anyone else without your consent except in cases of harm to self, harm to others, child or elder abuse, or as required by federal or state laws.
You can explore these options on your own at any time.
Online mental health screenings
Confidential online screenings for a sampling of mental health concerns are available through the Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) website. Screenings take only a few minutes, and results are immediate. No identifying information is collected, but you may opt to share your results with a mental health professional or service provider for further evaluation. Screenings may help identify concerns with:
- Bipolar disorder
- Alcohol problems
- Eating disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, you can use WellTrack, a self-help platform, to gain help through basic education and facilitated insight and self-understanding. Students can sign up, complete a self-assessment, and then participate in interactive programs designed to address symptoms of depression and anxiety, while also building coping and resilience. WellTrack also includes companion iOS and Android phone apps that can help you track your moods and see improvement over time. Results can be shared with a provider if you choose. To get started with WellTrack, sign up here.
Case Management Services
Our Mental Health Case Manager offers supportive case management services during which she assesses your needs as a student and provides recommendations for gaining support. The Mental Health Case Manager provides case management and training to Penn State World Campus students, faculty, and staff, in partnership with World Campus and University Park Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Case management is not counseling, but it can help you navigate a situation that is detrimental to your mental health.
Case management involves a holistic evaluation of stressors and challenges, and a connection to resources – including programs, services, and professionals – that may be available in your local community. Many agencies provide beneficial services and resources, and may be located within traveling distance.
- Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
- Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Case Management Activities
Consultation – a phone call or virtual appointment with our Case Manager to discuss your concerns and provide recommendations
Supportive listening - a safe space for you to talk and process life events that cause (or have caused) anxiety or other negative emotions
Caregiver support - referrals can be customized to meet this need
Community resources referral - a connection to local mental health resources
Student groups, faculty, or staff who wish to learn more about a specific mental health topic may request to schedule a presentation. Please contact our Mental Health Case Manager by calling 814-863-0395 with requests.
Start the Conversation
If you would like to schedule a consultation with our case manager or learn more about our mental health resoures, begin by completing the CAPS web form. You can also call 814-863-0395 (available Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET) and ask to speak with the Penn State World Campus Mental Health Case Manager.