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Op ed contributor

April 28, 2017

In the bottom of Poling Hall are arguably two of the hardest working individuals on campus: Ms. Amy Hofmeister, and Ms. Cindy Beadles. They compose the entirety of the Monmouth College Counseling Services, which seeks to promote healthy mind through a variety of mental health services. One goal that Ms. Beadles has pursued recently is the normalization of mental health issues. Providing the optimal care means making sure students are comfortable knowing they can talk with someone about their problems. Understandably this has led to an increase in students seeking services from a counseling department that is already stretched thin, made exponentially more difficult by the current absence of Ms. Hofmeister. With Ms. Beadles left to cater to a campus of over 1,000 students, the results come in the form of shortened counseling sessions, slower response time to students, and a significant re-distribution of emergency or “on-call” services.

College is an institution built to bring an individual out of their comfort zone socially, emotionally, and academically. A functioning and well maintained counseling department is vital to keeping a campus healthy and safe. Ms Beadles emphasized that the Monmouth College community and administration need to use creativity to solve this issue. While another full time counselor would be ideal, there also needs to be consideration given to students taking it upon themselves to support one another. This could come in the form of student organized wellness & clinical groups, such as ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) or grief groups.

In conclusion, it’s time attention is drawn to this issue. By refusing to lend a hand to the counseling department, we as the students & administration are not only turning our backs on two of the most dedicated individuals on campus; we are abandoning each other as a community.

Cole Downey
Contributing Writer

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