On the problems of addressing the mental wellness crisis in higher ed: Opinion

October 9, 2019

Postsecondary students are seeking help with mental wellness challenges at “unprecedented” numbers, reports Billie Wright Dziech, but some aspects of this mental wellness crisis have not received enough consideration from postsecondary institutions. In one sense, there has been an oversimplification of the crisis due to the complexities and cost of consulting with diverse student population on mental wellness concerns. Recognizing that students do not come to higher ed institutions as “blank slates,” it is unclear as to the kind and degree of support such institutions’ are responsible for providing to students. “There are no easy one-size-fits-all solutions to how colleges and universities can or should offer support for the multiple types of emotional and psychological mental health issues students report,” concludes Dziech. Inside Higher Ed (International)