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What’s the right service for me?

Thank you for your interest in our services! We have a wide variety of helpful options for you which we have listed below. We believe the best option for you is the one that is the right “dose” - just like if you had a headache, you want to take the right amount of medicine to treat the headache without taking too much more than you needed for relief. The same is true for our mental health!

With that in mind, we have listed our services below in order from lowest intensity to highest intensity. This means options closer to the top of this page will be quicker and demand less of your time and energy. [we all have various mental health needs at different times in our lives, sometimes we need more support and sometimes less. Our goal is to help folks with higher needs have access to the support they need to make positive change in a way that is responsive and helps them get their needs met] Options near the bottom of the page might ask for multiple weeks or months of time and energy commitment from you. Again, the best option for you is the one that is the right “dose” to meet your needs and that you will be ready and able to follow through on. If you are not sure which service is the best fit for you after reviewing our options below, you can always make an appointment for a SNAP session with one of our counsellors to help guide you.

What is a SNAP session?

A SNAP session is a student’s first meeting with SCS and stands for a “Support & Needs Assessment Planning” session. During a SNAP appointment you will meet with one of our clinicians for a conversation about what you are experiencing and to identify what resources might be helpful to meet your current needs. The goal of this appointment is to get you connected with the most effective and least time/energy intensive option to get your needs met. For some students, the clinician may determine that starting with individual therapy is not the best first step. Please know that no matter what the recommended first step is for you, if things are not going the way you hoped we can connect you with a different resource so that you can continue to work on and achieve the goals you set for yourself.

Now, let's review your options!

SILVER CLOUD ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME

Silver Cloud is an online, self-directed mental health programme based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. Our Silver Cloud programmes are effective, supportive, flexible and user-friendly.

WHO is Silver Cloud best suited for?: Any student who is experiencing mild to moderate mental health concerns (including stress, anxiety, or depression) could benefit from this service. In addition, anyone who is looking to build resilience or learn some healthier coping skills would be a great fit! It is also an ideal first step for those with very busy schedules since it is self-directed and always available online.

WHAT can I expect from engaging with this service?: There are 6 Silver Cloud Courses available (focused on stress, anxiety, depression, body image, COVID-19, and building resilience). Some include weekly feedback (online) from a member of the Trinity counselling team. Others operate as a self-help programme without an online supporter. For all the courses, you will engage with a multi-media online programme to learn about your mental health and engage in facilitated activities to reflect on your needs and plan for positive change.

WHEN am I expected to engage with this service?: Silver Cloud programmes are 6 to 8 weeks long. If you can commit about an hour a week to this programme that is likely to help you to get the best results. These programmes are available all year round.

WHERE do I engage with this programme?: This service is entirely online!

WHY should I engage with this service over others listed?: This programme is ideal for anyone with a busy schedule or is looking for a low-intensity way to brush up on their coping skills and increase their mental health.

HOW do I sign up?: Take the wellbeing quiz and sign up at https://ie.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/tcd/

COPING SKILLS SESSIONS

Skill Sessions are ~30 minute sessions with one of our Assistant Psychologists who help you identify and learn a specific coping, communication, or resilience skill during a structured meeting.

WHO is this service option best suited for?: Anyone looking for support to cope with a specific mental health concern (including coping with anger, stress, unhelpful thoughts, difficult emotions) or build positive mental health skills (including healthy communication skills, building a wellness toolbox, or increasing self-compassion)

WHAT can I expect from engaging with this service?: You can expect to have learned more about a specific issue you are working through and several new skills to help you cope with that concern.

WHEN am I expected to engage with this service?: Skills Sessions are usually conducted over the course of 1-2 ~30 minute meetings.

WHERE do I engage with this service?: Skill sessions can be conducted via Zoom or in person (in line with government guidelines)

WHY should I engage with this service over others listed?: Skill sessions are an ideal option for anyone who is generally managing well but is looking for guided support to build on their skills to manage difficult life experiences.

HOW do I sign up?: You can view available appointment times and sign up at: Otherwise: You can email the service at student-counselling@tcd.ie

DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUPS

We offer several weekly drop-in support groups at SCS tailored to a variety of different topics, concerns, and identities!

WHO is this service option best suited for?: Drop-in groups are perfect for anyone looking for feedback, encouragement, and guidance when working through a particular mental health concern or anyone who is part of a community with specific needs or concerns to come together in a facilitated space to build connections and find support.

WHAT can I expect from engaging with this service?: You can expect to meet with a group of like-minded students and 2 SCS group facilitators in a confidential and supportive environment.

WHEN am I expected to engage with this service?: Most drop-in groups are hosted once a week – you can come for multiple weeks in a row or as needed, that is the beauty of drop-in services!

WHERE do I engage with this service?: Drop-in groups are currently online but some may transition to meeting in person in line with public health guidelines

WHY should I engage with this service over others listed?: There are some aspects of therapy that can only happen in the context of a group! Check out our video below for more information on why group might be a great fit for you VIDEO TO BE INSERTED

HOW do I sign up?: You can sign up for a drop-in group here: https://forms.gle/qZRAibsXqZDgAYN46

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INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING

At SCS we have a dedicated staff of trained mental health clinicians ready to work with students for 1:1 counselling through a short-term therapy model.

WHO is this service option best suited for?: Anyone experiencing significant or chronic mental health concerns or students who have tried some of the options listed above and still feel they need more support.

WHAT can I expect from engaging with this service?: To be assigned to an individual counsellor, you must first meet with one of our clinicians for a SNAP session – at the end of the SNAP appointment your SNAP clinician will help you get assigned to an individual counsellor. Once assigned, you can expect to meet with a trained mental health clinician on a bi-weekly basis in a short term (~8 sessions or fewer) therapy model. Many of our students report feeling as though their concerns were resolved after ~4 sessions.

WHEN am I expected to engage with this service?: Individual counselling sessions are generally scheduled bi-weekly and last for 50 minutes.

WHERE do I engage with this service?: Individual counselling sessions can take place via phone, Zoom, or in person in line with public health guidelines and individual preferences.

WHY should I engage with this service over others listed?: You should consider individual counselling if you have a significant or long-standing mental health concern, have experienced a trauma, or you otherwise believe you need a higher level of support and care to make positive changes with your mental health.

HOW do I sign up?: You can get assigned an individual counsellor after a SNAP session – sign up for a SNAP session at student-counselling@tcd.ie