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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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    College Affordability, Physical Health

    Physician, Heal Thyself: The increasing levels of stress in medical school

    Like drinking from a fire hose. That’s the longstanding analogy used to describe the deluge of information aimed at medical school students studying to become doctors. Medical school has long been synonymous with anxiety and achievement, intense training, and acute pressure. Certainly, graduate work by nature involves hard work and…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Questions and Answers with Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University

    Pace University’s mission is captured in the Latin word “Opportunitas,” which the school defines as “Providing all students, regardless of economic background, access to the transformative power of education.” As evidence that it lives up to its word, Pace has been ranked as the best private, four-year college or university…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Personal and Professional:  The influence of student newspapers on college mental health

    The Michigan Daily, the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, was the first to break the story. Computer science professor Walter Lasecki had faced four allegations of sexual misconduct. Not only was the university aware of the allegations, but its investigation determined his behavior did not violate the school’s harassment policy.…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Q&A with Tia Dole

    In The Steve Fund’s (TSF) first column for the Mary Christie Quarterly, TSF’s Executive Director, Dr. Tia Dole, discusses the organization’s latest research and initiatives, including its partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), which examines and supports the mental health needs of students at historically Black colleges and…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Sponsored | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Frontlines: Dr. Tondra Moore

    Read about the perspective of college health from a distinguished HBCU college health administrator. Tondra Moore, PhD, JD, MPH has a unique background with degrees combining chemistry, law, public health and health care administration.  She currently serves as the Executive Director of Health Services at Prairie View A&M University, an…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Outcomes of intervention on connectedness show power of peer relationships in college

    The Adolescence Research Group, a psychology lab at the University of Virginia, explores the experience and social development of teens and young adults. A recent study published in the College Student Affairs Journal evaluates an intervention called The Connection Project, which the group designed in-house to help change the quality…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Further Evidence for the Importance of Screening for Anxiety and Suicide in College Students

    In a Mary Christie Op Ed last year, I wrote about the importance of studying the relationship between anxiety and suicide in college students in A Path Towards Identifying Suicide Risk Factors in College Students. Last month, I was excited to see my research in collaboration with Sarah Lipson and…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    Student Success

    College can be hard; Coaching can help

    In talking with Brendan Griffiths, it is clear he chose the right profession. A Student Success Manager at Worchester Polytechnic University, Griffiths describes his role with doctoral students as “academic life coaching,” in which he supports students with their scholarly development, but also in their work-life balance and “all the…

    MCQ. Issue 26
    07/18/2022
    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.