Mental Health Services on Campus Heavily Taxed to Meet Growing Need

Mental Health Services on Campus Heavily Taxed to Meet Growing Need

April 22, 2013

The results of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors' annual survey show that the number of students with "significant psychological problems" is a growing concern for college counseling directors. The association surveyed 400 directors during the 2011-12 academic year, accounting for nearly 320,000 students who sought mental health services during that time. About two-thirds of directors said they perceived an increase last year in the number of students coming in with "severe psychological problems" (21 percent of students overall) and already taking psychotropic medications (24 percent of students). According to the survey, students received counseling mostly for anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

About six in 10 directors have psychological services available on their campuses, but 19 percent say the services available are inadequate. A slight majority (51.25 percent) of directors saw their total budgets increase last year (most by only 1 to 3 percent). Another 38.5 percent said their budgets stayed stagnant. Operating budgets only increased at 22 percent of centers, and most only rose by 1 to 2 percent. Another 55 percent said they did not change.

Anxiety, Depression, Relationships
Allie Grasgreen
Inside Higher Ed
April 12, 2013