BayCare Student Assistance Program

Each day, students are faced with events that can affect them both personally and academically. Whether it’s childcare, financial, legal, health, or emotional issues, the effects of these concerns can be felt in all areas of life. In order to better support students experiencing challenges, Polk State students have access to BayCare’s Personal Advantage, an online resource for help with everything from preparing for exams, to creating a personal budget, to managing stress.

BayCare provides assistance with issues relating to:

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Coping with College
  • Eating Disorders
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Relationships (e.g., school, home, and work relationships)
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Test Anxiety
  • Work, School, and Life Balance

For information about virtual counseling services, contact Kim Pearsall at

Please note: If a student is experiencing an emergency or requires immediate assistance, he or she should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for help.