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Finlandia University launches online mental health counseling service for students through META Teletherapy

September 29, 2021

META Student Teletherapy provides students with confidential and easy access to a marketplace of mental wellness providers. Finlandia University, a long-standing liberal arts college in northern Michigan, has become the latest institution of higher learning to offer META Teletherapy to students.

All Finlandia University students will have free access to META’s mobile app. Students can connect to a national network of licensed counselors and therapists for chat, voice, and video sessions. Students download the app, choose a provider, and receive counseling through the privacy and convenience of their smart phones. The platform provides students the freedom to choose a therapist who’s a good fit, and the ability to reach them quickly and easily.

Students attending online, out-of-state, and in-person will have equivalent access to mental health counseling services. A limited number of counseling sessions with META providers will be paid for by Finlandia University. META providers also accept insurance co-pay and out-of-pocket payments.

Leading Finlandia’s partnership with META is Rev. Sarah Semmler Smith, Finlandia’s campus pastor.

“Part of Finlandia’s mission is to support the whole person toward a whole life. This partnership with META arises from the need to provide easier access to a broader variety of mental health providers to our students. META is an extension of the in person, on-site care we strive to provide our students every day,” Semmler Smith said.

Since the COVID pandemic, student engagement on META has increased dramatically. Providers on META’s marketplace are available days, evenings, and weekends all year long to fit a flexible student schedule.

About Finlandia University: Finlandia University is a private, not-for-profit, HLC accredited, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is located in Michigan’s northernmost city, Hancock, and was founded in 1896 by Finnish immigrants as Suomi College. https://www.finlandia.edu/

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