Northwest counselors provide telemental health services

In a time of social distancing, Northwest Mississippi Community College has begun offering telemental health services in addition to in-person counseling to continue meeting students’ mental health needs while keeping safety in mind.

The video-based counseling service got off the ground at Northwest shortly after the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020. The College currently has two certified telemental health providers, Dr. Lynette Lacey-Godfrey and William Harvey Hill. 

Lacey-Godfrey is based at Northwest’s Senatobia campus, and she reports that at least 60 percent of the students she counsels chose to continue taking advantage of the service after students returned to campus at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Hill is a Career-Technical counselor for the DeSoto Center, and while he has not experienced quite the same response as Lacey-Godfrey, he emphasized the importance of being able to offer the service.

“Mental health is extremely important, especially with everything that is transpiring in the world today,” Hill said. “This was and is a hard time for everyone.”

Lacey-Godfrey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dillard University, a master’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate from the University of Mississippi. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Education degree from the University of Mississippi. He has completed additional studies at Northwest.

Students interested in counseling services should visit the Student Development Center page on Northwest’s website. Students can also email Lacey-Godfrey at lgodfrey@northwestms.edu or Hill at whill@northwestms.edu.