Virtual mental health services were a necessity when the coronavirus pandemic closed college campuses, but the demand is sticking around, according to recent data from the online therapy provider TimelyCare. Nearly half of visits held on the platform, from August to the end of October, were outside of traditional office hours.
More institutions are adopting virtual services for their flexibility. Massachusetts recently selected the teletherapy company UWill as a statewide provider for its colleges and universities. Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is also providing free sessions through UWill, where students can also communicate with therapists through text messaging.