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Diverse Education: Three Considerations to Effectively Address Mental Health in Higher Education

By the YOU at College Team, 4/7/2022

Read the article on Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

In an op-ed published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, our own Nathaan Demers, Psy.D. and Dr. Sarah Ketchen Lipson from Boston University explore three strategies that institutions of higher ed can use to prioritize and address mental health needs. In the article, they provide insight into how campuses can leverage data, embed well-being into the fabric of their campus ecosystems, and prioritize employee well-being to build cohesive, healthy, and successful communities. See an excerpt below and read the full article on the Diverse Education website.

“It goes without saying that college campuses are in a difficult position when it comes to addressing student mental health and well-being. A fall 2021 survey of the YOU at College campus network revealed 98.7% of students strongly, or very strongly, agreed that expanding mental health services should be a priority for institutions. What we’ve seen in the last 18+ months of the pandemic is an increased recognition within student populations that mental health is directly tied to academic performance and intent to persist in school, with Healthy Minds Data showing 83% of students saying their mental health has negatively impacted their academic performance. Now, more than ever, students are aware of the challenges they face, and are asking their institutions to provide services and resources to support their well-being and overall success.

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