SGA Senate talks mental and physical health

Representatives of Counseling Services and Shannon Health Care update senators

By Ixchel Sotelo
On November 15, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Mark Rehm presents statistics and services offered by the ASU Counseling Services and discussed potential projects for the future. Rehm has been the director of Counseling Services for ASU since the spring of 2018.

The Student Government Associa­tion on Nov. 4 held a Senate meeting in the Junell Center Conference Room with speak­ers representing the ASU Health Services.

Mark Rehm, director of Counseling Services, presented a slideshow contain­ing information about their new services, along with data collected over time. Rehm proposed potential additions to the services and the SGA offered new ideas to improve feedback from fellow students. Ram Chat Wagons, the Stress-Less Fair and the Mental Health Chatroom were also discussed.

“Last year, we saw about 270 students at this time in the fall,” Rehm said. “This year, we are over 300 students, so we are growing. We are getting the word out and people are coming in for mental health reasons.”

Chris Martin, ASU alumnus and nurse manager, represented the ASU part­nership with Shannon Health Care at the meeting. Martin spoke on the various ben­efits available for students, including a one-time fee for unlimited visits to both the on-campus clinic and their location on Jack­son Street, which is looking to be renovated.

“Shannon has grown to a huge orga­nization,” Martin said. “We’re actually a four-star CMS hospital, and we try to bring all of that to you guys here in an affordable way. I’ll tell you our priorities for this year is quality.”

For more information or questions about the health services offered, you can visit the ASU website.

The results from the vaping survey sent cam­pus-wide on Oct. 22 showed that 899 indi­viduals who took the survey support a ban of e-cigarettes on-campus, while 587 oppose it. While it is still a ban unaffiliated with ASU, the results will be archived for future refer­ence.

After being sent to the Rules of the Senate Committee, Bill No. 91.07 was refined and presented once again to the SGA. Dis­cussion opened regarding the modifications and the bill officially passed.

Effective in December, SGA Presi­dent Brayden Woods will be resigning from his position, as he has accepted employment in Washington D.C. There will be an execu­tive position open after Woods’ official resig­nation.

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