The Real Campus Mental-Health Crisis and New Models for Well-Being: Manage demand for counseling and stem students’ rising rates of distress by focusing on prevention.
The prevalence of anxiety and depression is rising across the country, particularly among young people. College students of all ages are more distressed than ever before, and increasing shares are enrolling with mental-health histories, in terms of diagnoses, treatment, and medication. But that is not the real campus mental-health crisis. The crisis is that the traditional model of providing services is broken. More and more overwhelmed students are seeking help, overwhelming their colleges. Even with growing staffs, counseling centers cannot keep up. Meanwhile, troubled students are left with unmet needs.
This Chronicle report explores how to handle the surging demand for mental-health services, fulfill legal obligations, and make well-being a campus-wide priority. The work of identifying problems and offering help can’t fall solely to the counseling center. The report shows how centers can expedite the intake process while expanding and clarifying options like teletherapy. And it examines how new facilities and resources — like meditation rooms, workshops, apps, and courses — can help students deal with underlying issues from loneliness to trauma, and to build resilience. Not all moves are costly. And providing that support creates the kind of environment where a diverse population of students can succeed, academically and otherwise.
Get the report and learn how to:
- Handle demand for counseling and get more students the help they need
- Identify options beyond individual therapy to suit different populations
- Interpret key legal issues related to mental illness and suicide
- Evaluate new resources to help students deal with common stressors
- Make students’ well-being a priority across the institution
Date: March 2020
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