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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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    Mental and Behavioral Health

    The Roommate Lottery

    From the messages they’d exchanged before move-in day, Nichole K., now 24, never suspected that her relationship with her newly-assigned college roommate would be anything other than cordial. The two incoming members of the University of Delaware’s class of 2020 didn’t seem to have much in common, Nichole said, but…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Student Success

    Big Thinking at Bennington College

    Laura Walker did not set out to be a college president though the decades she spent in public media may have prepared her well for the job.  The former president and CEO of New York Public Radio says her primary mission has always been in alignment with the one she…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Basic Needs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    LaGuardia’s Mental Health Peer Specialist Training Program Provide Careers and Community for People with Mental Health Conditions

    The pandemic got Sylvia Mahjabeen thinking about her education again. She had spent the last decade cycling through jobs, in industries like retail and fast food, and left her latest gig, packing for Amazon, when lockdown began. The longtime Queens resident from Bangladesh decided to give school another shot. Nearly…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Policy Decisions on Affirmative Action and Student Debt Directly Impact the Emotional Health of Students of Color

    Two critical issues that affect mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color and their education are currently on the national stage. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on October 31st regarding landmark college race-based affirmative action cases. Whatever opinion emerges will have a bearing on whether colleges…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    From the Quadcast: A Conversation with Dr. Eric Wood, Counseling Center Director at Texas Christian University on TCU’s Comprehensive Collaborative Care Model

    MM: Dr. Wood is well-known as a change agent in the college mental health community. He is the architect of the TCU Comprehensive Collaborative Care Model, which to me, sounds like a counseling center without walls. What are some of the drivers of that very interesting approach? EW: The drivers…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/13/2022
    Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

    Op-ed: Displaying calorie counts in campus dining halls leads to unhealthy behaviors for students at risk of eating disorders

    Seeing a number on a food label used to stop me in my tracks. Now, I avoid checking calorie counts at all costs – but other students aren’t always able to make this same decision.  My freshman year of college, I was struggling with an eating disorder that had silently…

    MCQ. Issue 27
    10/12/2022
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

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