CAPITAL & MAIN
Inside Higher ED recently posted an article titled “Counseling Anytime, Anyplace” looking at the student demand for colleges to expand access to mental health services by embedding counselors in residence halls and creating 24-hour hotlines.
The mental and emotional health of students has been of increasing concern to colleges in recent years, even as many institutions struggle to find the resources to better address those concerns. More than half of college students say they have experienced “overwhelming anxiety” in the last year, according to the American College Health Association, and 32 percent say they have felt so depressed “that it was difficult to function.”
Nearly 10 percent incoming freshmen who responded to last year’s American Freshman survey reported that they “frequently felt depressed.” It was the highest percentage of students reporting feeling that level of depression since 1988, and 3.4 percentage points higher than in 2009, when the survey found the rate of frequently depressed freshmen to be at its lowest.
Follow the link to read the full article on the big changes happening in college’s mental health care.
To solve this problem, ACI Specialty Benefits partners with colleges and universities nationwide to offer SOAR: a comprehensive student assistance program that gives students 24/7 unlimited telephonic counseling to solve personal challenges and succeed to graduation.