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    Mental and Behavioral Health

    The number of young people reporting mental health issues has increased both on and off college campuses. This is likely due to a combination of factors including increased willingness to seek help driven by improved awareness and decreased stigma, improvements in psychopharmacology, and deteriorating mental wellbeing, including factors related to stress, such as academic or financial concerns. On college campuses, counseling centers are often overwhelmed by the demand for mental health services.

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    To address college mental health effectively, many experts suggest taking a campus-wide public health approach, one that creates a supportive campus climate inclusive of all community members and focuses heavily on preventative strategies.

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    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

    A Global Mindset: Student Mental Health at Minerva University

    Statistically speaking, students at Minerva University are far from average. The San Francisco based school is need-blind and merit-based, admitting less than 2% of those who apply.  Eighty percent of the students receive financial aid.  Only 12% are American.  The rest come from 70 separate countries. While Minerva students begin…

    MCQ.
    11/10/2021
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Student Activism in the Age of Covid

    The pandemic wreaked havoc on the favored tactics used by student organizers — but also created pockets of innovation A month before COVID descended, early 2020 was already a time of acute upheaval at Brigham Young University. In February, the administration had decided to erase the edict against “homosexual behavior”…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    From How They Feel to Who They Are: Exploring the Emotional Wellbeing of Student Activists

    Innovations in Behavioral Health Care is a peer-reviewed section of the Mary Christie Quarterly that features breakthrough research and commentary on the emotional and behavioral health of young adults. Samantha Smith MPH, CHES is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at University of Maryland School…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    India’s Campus Mental Health Crisis: How One University is Attempting to Create a New Narrative on Student Mental Health

    As American college students report escalating rates of anxiety and depression, they may be comforted to know that students around the world share similar struggles. A 2018 report by the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health International College Student Initiative revealed that one in three first-year students from eight countries…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    Student Success

    Dear Professor: Here’s What We Wish You Knew

    Insights from Interviews on the Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health Amid the pandemic, faculty have played an outsized and unprecedented role in student mental wellbeing. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, professors often represented the only contact students had with their colleges or universities. Some faculty have embraced this…

    MCQ. Issue 23
    10/20/2021
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

    The McFeed is a weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of college students.