Skidmore Students Rally For Mental Health

May 4, 2016

Skidmore College students are demanding more resources for mental health on the Saratoga Springs campus.

Students Alexandra Marella and Valerie Janovic held a rally Tuesday after collecting 40,000 signatures on an online petition.

 Janovic says the students are asking for more mental health professionals on campus as well as a 24-hour counselor for sudden crises.

 “You should be able to get help immediately or within 24 hours,” Janovic says.

The college says a 24-hour counselor is unaffordable, but that it’s in the process of hiring a fifth full-time counselor and is working with an outside firm to provide 24-hour telephone mental health support for students.