OTC, Burrell pact provides free mental health help for students, staff

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OTC, Burrell pact provides free mental health help for students, staff

Noting the toll the pandemic has taken on mental health, a Springfield college is offering extra help starting Dec. 1.

Ozarks Technical Community College, in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, will provide mental health services — free of charge — to all OTC students and employees, including part-time staff and adjunct instructors.

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Joan Barrett, vice chancellor for student affairs, said the pandemic highlighted a gap in mental health resources the college wanted to meet.

“We’ve always thought this was a good idea and now we’re able to do it,” she said.

OTC officials acknowledged the pandemic has added to the existing stress of working and attending college. They said unmet mental health needs can keep individuals from access college, staying on track or meeting their goals.

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