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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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    Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

    Faculty are on the frontlines of a worsening student mental health crisis

    In “Faculty’s Response to Student Mental Health,” the Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation found that nearly 80% of higher education faculty report having dealt with student mental health issues over the past 12 months and nearly 90% believe student mental…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Student Success

    Going from College to Career During COVID-19: How the Class of 2020 is Coping

    The transition from college to early career is a critical period of identity formation marked by joy, fear, and loss. To be experiencing all this during a global pandemic that changed everything you were expecting is hard to imagine even for those of us who remember the difficulties of our…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Student Success

    Learning from Dr. Cole

    Having a conversation with Jonathan Cole is like reading a great book.  You don’t want it to end even though you’ve already learned a great deal. In two separate Zoom interviews, the professor and former provost at Columbia University spoke to me about the triumphs and failures of American higher…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Substance Use

    Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

    Through in-depth interviews and articles on issues and challenges facing higher education, The Mary Christie Quarterly occupies a unique space in the field of college health publications. Its diverse readership, comprised of higher education leaders, policy makers, counseling and health center professionals, and other individuals committed to enhancing the college…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Sponsored | Mental and Behavioral Health

    An Interview with Debbie Beck, MD: Welcome to our first FRONTLINES feature article!

    Our vision for FRONTLINES, a column in the Mary Christie Quarterly, is to learn more about our college health leaders who work tirelessly to create a healthy and safe environment for our college communities. They are committed professionals often “behind the scenes” and on the “FRONTLINES.” Debbie Beck is Chief…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Interesting People Doing Important Work: Hannah Brown, MD

    Hannah Brown, MD is an assistant professor of psychiatry and researcher at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is the Director of Boston Medical Center’s Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis (WRAP) program, which uses a multidisciplinary, team-based approach to collaboratively treat patients with psychosis. The specialists at WRAP, which…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Interesting People Doing Important Work: Sanat Mohapatra

    As a freshman at Dartmouth College, Sanat Mohapatra struggled with his mental health as he faced a new and unfamiliar environment with high expectations. He was not alone. He soon discovered that many of his peers were experiencing similar struggles and turned to the anonymous chat forum Yik Yak to…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    National Academies Report on Student Mental Health Urges Community Members to Work Together

    In January 2021, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on college student mental health that put a spotlight on the concerns of the federal agencies that sponsored it.  Data indicate a rise in student-reported mental health issues, and all stakeholders must take urgent, coordinated efforts…

    MCQ. Issue 21
    04/14/2021
    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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