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Campus climate affects student utilization of mental health services

Campus climate affects student utilization of mental health services
April 27, 2016

Recent findings from the RAND Corporation indicated college students were more likely to use mental health services if their campus was perceived as supportive of mental health issues. Furthermore, prevention and early intervention initiatives were associated with a potential 13% increase in student utilization of mental health services.

“Among college and university students in the United States, there is a substantial gap between the need for mental health treatment and the use of mental health services. Almost 20% of college students experience some form of serious psychological distress — anxiety, depression, or feelings of hopelessness — yet only about a third of these students, many of whom have access to on-campus providers, as well as insurance to cover services, ever receive treatment,” Bradley D. Stein, MD, MPH, PhD, of the RAND Corporation and University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues wrote.

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