US survey explores students' perspective on campus response to mental health problems

October 30, 2012

According to a new student survey from the US-based National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 62% of respondents who withdrew from college with mental health issues did so for that reason. That figure is "kind of a sign that we're not doing a very good job for some students," says a NAMI official. Most of the students who withdrew due to mental health problems suffered from depression, bipolar disorder, or PTSD. 45% of them did not receive academic accommodation, though it is not clear whether they asked, and half did not take advantage of mental health services and support -- in some instances, because they were unaware of such services. 38% of all respondents, regardless of whether they withdrew, said they did not know how to access accommodations. The biggest thing PSE institutions can to do raise awareness about mental health is to train professors and staff on the issues, students said. Respondents said the most critical services and supports for success are a walk-in health centre, individual counselling, crisis services, and a 24-hour hotline. Inside Higher Ed