Supporting Students with Elevated Mental Health Concerns
As we prepare for this unusual and unprecedented Fall semester, how can we best support students? Surveys show that as much of 75% of college students report that their mental health has worsened since the beginning of the pandemic. College students experienced higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation in 2020 than in 2019 (more info here). Incoming freshman who experienced a senior high school year of NTI are of particular concern, and educators can be key in supporting students' mental health (more info).
The UL Kent School Center for Family and Community Wellbeing is offering a variety of evidence-based psycho-educational groups to address student mental health needs including a new program designed specifically to assist students in their transition to college. In past work, our team has found these workshops to be an effective strategy to promote positive outcomes. All workshops can be customized (duration, virtual or in-person, scheduling) to fit department/students' needs. Workshops can be provided directly to students by our team or staff/faculty can be trained to offer mental health support to students.