Crisis on Campus: Addressing the Rising Mental Health Demands of our Nation’s Students
Increasing numbers of students are seeking mental health services, but the demand is outstripping our nation’s universities’ capabilities to deliver the care they need. The result can often be long-wait times or in some cases, unavailability of services. Continued tragic events on campus only serve to reinforce the need for expanded services.
As a nation, it is crucial that we come together to help raise the awareness of mental health on college campuses and work together to identify and promulgate best practices and techniques that can be used to help meet the rising demand for mental health, while at the same time, build a culture of early intervention and prevention.
Institutions of higher learning face budget limitations, staff shortages, and other challenges in addressing the mental health and wellness of their students. Together, students, health professionals, and campus leadership can build awareness, drive public policy, and build innovative solutions ensure the mental health and wellness of our nation’s college students.
The American College Health Association, in partnership with the American College Health Foundation, is pleased to collaborate with the American College Health Foundation, ACPA—College Student Educators International, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Active Minds, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, The George Washington University, the Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health, The Jed Foundation, Mid-Atlantic College Health Association, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation on its inaugural symposium. The goal of the symposium is to bring together university leaders, mental health providers, public policy leaders, students and philanthropists to begin a national dialogue on developing an actionable blueprint for addressing the mental health crisis on campus.
About the Symposium
The symposium will take place on November 13, 2017, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC.
This college health symposium will be a high-impact gathering of students and leading voices in higher education, public health, public policy, and campus mental health. Panelists and symposium attendees will raise awareness of the growing mental health and wellness challenges facing of our nation’s 19 million college students and will evaluate trends, research, and innovations.
Partners and Collaborators
American College Health Foundation
ACPA—College Student Educators International
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors
Center for Collegiate Mental Health
The George Washington University
Healthy Minds Network
The Jed Foundation
Mid-Atlantic College Health Association
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation