CAPS Chat provides informal, free, 30-minute consultations for students with counselors from Penn State Altoona's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students can schedule a same-day appointment by calling the Health and Wellness Center at 814-949-5540. These appointments can be conducted remotely using Zoom or a phone call, or if preferred, in-person during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Students can use a CAPS Chat session to discuss specific concerns in a one-on-one environment, learn more about what counseling might be like, understand how to help a friend, de-stigmatize mental health concerns, and get mental health questions answered.
CAPS Chat is not an alternative for formal therapy, crisis services, or severe or longstanding concerns. For these services, students should contact the Health and Wellness Center at 814-949-5540 during normal business hours, or consult the Emergency and After Hours Care page on the Health and Wellness site.