Wellness Wednesday: Mental wellness is sometimes overlooked or difficult to talk about. GRCC’s Counseling Services team is here to help.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

The pandemic has created challenges for all of us. Mental wellness is an area sometimes overlooked or difficult to talk about. GRCC’s Counseling Services team is here to help.

“Being a student is hard enough! Adding a global pandemic, financial crisis, work responsibilities, relationships, and mental health issues makes being a student even harder. The staff and faculty at GRCC understand this struggle as we are fighting the same challenges,” said Dr. Andre Fields, a GRCC professor and counselor.

A licensed psychologist, Andre started his education here at GRCC and earned his bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Western Michigan University.

His areas of interest include helping students with stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and challenges related to race.

“One advantage you have as a GRCC student is being connected to GRCC staff and faculty members who are educated and trained to help students in their times of need, empathy, and understanding,” he said.

Personal counseling is among the free services and resources available to GRCC students. People can connect with a counselor by calling (616) 234-4130. Information about the program and a variety of other resources is available on the departments webpage: https://www.grcc.edu/students/counseling-career-development/mental-health-wellness/counseling-services

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