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Outreach Services

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What is outreach?

Outreach is about increasing college student mental health awareness and emotional well-being through prevention, awareness, education and stigma reduction. By getting outside of the Counseling Center and meeting with students in formats and settings that are part of their college experience, we connect with students who traditionally would not be likely to seek counseling services. These might include students who don’t know about the Counseling Center, are uncomfortable with the idea of using services due to mental health stigma, need support but not counseling, or just need information about helping a distressed friend. We also partner with other campus departments and groups to contribute to events and programs which foster wellness, diversity and inclusion.  

You may request a workshop or presentation by contacting Claudia Ayala either by phone at (361) 825-2703 or by e-mail

A minimum of two weeks advance notice is required for all presentation requests. All requests will be accommodated based on presenter availability.

Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention Trainings 

Weekly Drop-in Workshops for Students

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or down? Want to learn some quick and easy strategies for feeling better? Click here to learn more about the Anxiety and Mindfulness Toolbox, the Coping Toolbox, Brain Breaks and Coping with COVID workshops. Drop in and participate when it’s convenient for you.  

Let’s Talk is Now On-Line!

Let’s Talk is a program that meets and engages students in conversation in an environment that feels safe and empowering to them. Students can speak informally with a counselor during designated Let’s Talk hours. We will be providing virtual spaces for Student Athletes and Nursing Students to process their experiences as they navigate identity, academics, and the challenges and uncertainties related to COVID-19.