UCO Wellness Center and the Mercy Health System start help line in Edmond

University of Central Oklahoma now has a toll-free help line named Call SAM, which links to a mental health services call center dedicated to helping students. The help line is a joint project of UCO’s Oklahoma Wellness Center and the Mercy Health System.
From Staff Reports Published: May 1, 2014
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The University of Central Oklahoma Wellness Center and the Mercy Health System have taken another step in their partnership, implementing Call SAM (Student Assistance by Mercy), a help line that links to a mental health services call center dedicated to helping students.

The 24/7, toll-free help line can be reached by calling (855) 225-2SAM (2627). It is a service for issues such as substance abuse, mental or emotional well-being and family crisis, and is managed by behavioral health providers and medical providers trained in mental health issues.

“Call SAM is a help line students and staff can call for help with depression, anxiety, unhealthy eating, substance abuse, social issues or any other stressors,” said Shelly Whiting, Call SAM coordinator for Mercy in Schools.

“Trained mental heath professionals will talk through any crisis and help callers with supportive and compassionate care,” Whiting said. “We hope students know they’re not alone, no matter what situation they find themselves in.”

The program began as one of the five key components of Mercy in Schools, an initiative of health and wellness in collaboration with Edmond Public Schools, which has now extended to UCO.