Weekly SGA senate brief: Oct. 19

Here’s what happened at Student Government Association’s formal senate meeting on Oct. 19:


Special guest Dr. Michael Hershberger, staff psychologist and group coordinator from the Health and Counseling Center, addressed the senate.


  • Discussed the increased need for mental health services for students and young adults due to recent hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • Presented details about the Hilltopper Helpline, a 24/7/365 counseling service available to students. The helpline is answered by licensed therapists, and shared information is always confidential. They can be reached over the phone at  1-833-434-1217.


  • Encouraged students to reach out sooner rather than later to talk about mental health struggles.


  • Emphasized the Health and Counseling Center is a primary care clinic that aims to establish a relationship with patients and help them to get the care they need.


The senate had no new business. The meeting concluded after a final roll call.