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Webinar: Mental Health Strategies for College Students

Do you have a student starting college in the fall? The first year at college is an important transition year, and it can also be a particularly stressful time. A 2017 American College Health Association Survey of 63,000 college students found that 2 in 5 students described being so depressed that it was "difficult to function," while 3 in 5 felt "overwhelming anxiety" during the previous year. And, today, the additional uncertainty of how colleges will operate in the fall with COVID-19 restrictions adds another layer of stress to this important transition.

In this webinar, UpLift Co-founder and Chief Psychologist, Amy Mezulis, along with panelists Nichole Williams, LMHCA, Katey Nicolai, PhD, and Hannah Morris, college junior, discuss mental health strategies for college students and how parents can help their high school graduates prepare for a successful transition to college whether that's on campus, remote, or some combination.

Topics covered in this informative session include:

  • Common challenges and emotions students face transitioning to college.
  • What support and resources colleges offer and how to put a plan in place before students head off to college.
  • Practical strategies for college student self-care and supporting young adults at a distance.
  • How to deal with the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions and other traumatic events.
  • How to recognize when it's time to seek professional help.


June 29, 2020
Amy Mezulis | Nichole Williams | Katey Nicolai | Hannah Morris

Amy Mezulis | Nichole Williams | Katey Nicolai | Hannah Morris

Dr. Amy Mezulis, UpLift Co-Founder and Chief Psychologist, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her BA from Harvard University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Mezulis provides services to older children, adolescents and adults utilizing an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral approach that includes mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments. Dr. Mezulis has specialized training in mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicidality and self-injury, trauma, substance use, and adolescent development.  She is currently on the faculty at Seattle Pacific University, where she chairs the Clinical Psychology PhD program.

Nichole Williams, MA, LMHCA, is a licensed mental health counselor associate with Seattle Psychology. She specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and underrepresented populations. Her work with these populations typically encompasses life transitions, trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ identity, ethnic identity, and relationship difficulties. Nichole Williams holds a Masters of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment from the University of Washington.

Dr. Katey Nicolai, is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Nicolai provides services to adolescents and adults using evidence-based treatment rooted in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapies, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, interpersonal therapy, and family systems. Dr. Nicolai has specialized training in treating trauma and PTSD, personality disorders, self-harm and suicidailty, family problems, emotion dysregulation, and mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her work with UpLift, Dr. Nicolai is a co-owner, psychologist, and assessor at Lumos Assessment Services, which focuses on empowering underrepresented populations to achieve success in traditionally inequitable academic and career environments

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