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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

    The Mental Health of Asian International Students Should Be a Priority for US Colleges

    There are currently over a million international undergraduate and graduate students attending higher education institutions in the United States, making up 5.5% of all enrollments.  This highly sought-after group of students has brought scholarship diversity, global perspective, and steady tuition to American higher education. But as these numbers start to…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

    Questions and Answers with Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

    Well before the media coined it “the college mental health crisis,” Nicholas Zeppos made student mental health one of his key priorities at Vanderbilt.  By the time he retired as Chancellor in 2019, Zeppos had incorporated this into every facet of university life, having come to believe that the emotional…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/07/2021
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Q&A: UMass Amherst’s First Trans Mental Health Clinicians Discuss Supporting Trans Students

    Data show that trans students in college and university report higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation than their cisgender peers.  And while the pandemic pushed distress numbers higher for all students, trans students’ mental health appeared to be particularly impacted.  As UMass Amherst’s first hired trans mental health…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    06/30/2021
    Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    It’s on Us: Improving Student Behavioral Health After the Year that Changed Everything

    If ever there was a naturalistic study of the influence of prolonged social isolation, secondary trauma, and learned helplessness on human beings, it was COVID-19.  Similarly, if one wanted to create a therapeutic environment to address these issues, a social-emotional resourced college campus would provide the ideal setting.  As students…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Global Connections

    Asian international students are questioning their choice to study in the U.S.  What can colleges do differently? In March 2020, thousands of international students scrambled to make a plan that would affect the next year of their lives, if not their foreseeable futures. The majority of them were from Asian…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Student Success

    This Is Us: Supporting Students with Serious Mental Health Conditions in College

    Getting through college can be hard, harder still for those with a mental health condition. From deciding to disclose a disability, to advocating for accommodations, to navigating leave and reentry policies, the journey can be so fraught with challenges that 86% of students with serious mental illness won’t ever finish. …

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Physical Health

    Patterns During the Pandemic:  How Eating Disorders Have Affected College Students During COVID-19

    When the pandemic struck midway through the second semester of her sophomore year at college, 19-year-old Jane flew thousands of miles home to California and found herself almost entirely without the activities or responsibilities that she’d devoted herself to before. “I went home, and all of a sudden, I had…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Sponsored | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    FRONTLINES: Interview with Dr. Jean Chin

    As we continue to recognize the expertise of college health leaders in our FRONTLINES column, Dr. Jean Chin, from the University of Georgia, stands out.  She is a superb role model for all who have been fortunate enough to work for or with her.  She developed her focus on service…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    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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