WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue is offering students mental health services at the palm of their hand. The university's Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS, launched an app called Well-Track.
It's designed to help students cope and manage the difficulties of stress, depression and anxiety. Features include coping exercises and educational readings on self-care.
Susan Prieto-Welch, Purdue's CAPS Director said the app doesn't only target students in therapy, but also students who are coping with issues on their own.
“For students who may not necessarily need to come in to speak with a therapist but may find a little more information, some other ideas, some coaching through, developing new skills,” said Prieto-Welch.
Prieto-Welch said she thinks the app may be more appealing to students because of having access to mental health services right at the touch of a button.
“I think that the app also speaks to students because they are so familiar with technology. In many ways, this is a very familiar venue for students,” Prieto-Welch.
CAPS will use the next year to monitor student receptiveness to the app. If it's successful, they plan to continue providing the app to students.