With many students away from home for the first time, the anxiety and stress that college can bring may finally be setting in.
Boise State has made sure that students do not have to deal with these issues alone.
The Norco building, located behind the Student Recreation Center, is home to Boise State’s Health Services.
According to their website, the main goal of Health Services is to, “enable our campus partners to retain, enhance, promote, and improve upon their physical, mental, and spiritual health.”
However, a common misconception among many students is Health Services provides only primary, urgent, reproductive and specialty care.
Tara Brooks, a patient services manager for Boise State Health Services, believes that students are not utilizing all that the center has to offer.
“We offer an array of comprehensive counseling services to students only,” Brooks said.
Emily White, a graduate student studying special education, did not know about the additional services offered.
“I guess I am underutilizing (the services) then,” White said. “If I was on campus full time, I would more than likely use it.”
Health Services main goal is to support students in their academic and personal goals.
“We are very in tune with the college experience and the stressors and the life styles that students are living, whether traditional or nontraditional.
“We understand the stress that they’re under and how that affects their physical and emotional health,” Brooks said.
Going to an off campus provider may not yield the same results.
“We try to always treat our patients with that lens.It’s different than some community providers, who don’t maybe understand the culture on campus,” Brooks said.
Some of the types of counseling services provided include personal counseling, multi-person counseling, ADHD testing and screening etc.
All services are run by licensed and certified staff. Health services also provide an array of free student groups, which vary by semester.
These groups help students understand that they’re not alone. “You realize that you’re not the only person who may be experiencing that,”
Past groups have included process groups, freshmen only groups and exercise and counseling groups.
These services aren’t just offered to students enrolled in SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan). “We do bill insurance, and if you are non -insured, we can work with you and try and get a discounted rate,” Brooks said.
For students with SHIP, the process is a little easier.
“If you have SHIP, your counseling services are covered, there is no copay or deductible, which is the same for services offered at the health center,” Brooks said.
Students who have questions or concerns regarding any insurance plans should visit the Health Insurance and Business Office, located on the first floor of the Norco
“We want to make sure they (students) are getting the best care possible. If there is something that we don’t provide, we are going to get you to the right place, a place that we trust,” Brooks said.
To schedule an appointment, call health services 426-1459.
More information can be found on their website at healthservices.boisestate.edu