Education Now Mental Health and Wellness at College Today A discussion on higher education and the mental health and wellness challenges that colleges are facing — and what student support should look like now, as pandemic impacts continue. Posted November 4, 2021 By News editor Counseling and Mental Health Disruption and Crises Higher Education Leadership Colleges and universities are facing a crisis in mental health today — with nearly 40% of college students experiencing depression, according to a 2020 study, 34% reporting anxiety, and 13% saying they had thought seriously about suicide in the last year. The pandemic exacerbated the crisis, but there are other factors driving the surge.We talk with two experienced mental health leaders from large university campuses. We ask what they're seeing this year, what colleges are doing to manage the surge in demand for services, and what innovations they've embraced to meet students where they are. We explore what campuses can do to create environments that prioritize and sustain health and wellness — and how can they assemble the resources, staff, and administrative structure needed to make it happen.HostFrancesca Purcell, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Higher Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of EducationSpeakersErnesto Escoto, Director and Clinical Associate Professor, Counseling and Wellness Center, University of Florida (UF)Nicole Green, Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)Key takeaways:Faculty should consider a proactive PLAN: Proactively promote mental health resources Lead with compassion and care Ask about well-being Note student feedbackDevelop policies and programs that contribute to a holistic campus culture that supports mental health and resilience. Think of resilience as being made up of three component parts. Managing these three elements of resilience can help students (and staff and faculty) enhance mental health and psychological wellbeingManaging basic needs: regular sleep, routines, exercise, and dietCreating love, belonging, and communityFinding purpose, meaning, and mastery: getting involved, participating, serving the community, doing good workResponding to and healing from racial trauma is key to student resilience and success. Develop trauma-informed programs that attend to the needs of students with multiple, intersecting minoritized identities. Develop tool kits for deans, chairs, directors on how to model and support work-life balance, etc. A flourishing faculty and staff can best support student development.Resources:The Healthy Minds StudyPrevention and Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among College StudentsThe Steve FundHoming in on work-life balance: Nine ways for today’s busy psychologists and psychology students to successfully juggle career and familyCommon Myths about Group - UF Counseling and Wellness Center Education Now A webinar and newsletter series to shape new approaches to challenges in education Explore All Articles Related Articles Education Now Hope and Resilience in Childhood A discussion of concrete ways to support children and adults in developing their capacities to weather the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Education Now Understanding the Relationship Between Parent and Teen Mental Health Strategies to better support the mental well-being of parents and caregivers, with a view to preventing anxiety and depression in adolescents Education Now Keeping Our Schools Healthy Experts in education and public health came together to discuss ways districts, schools, and families can put health first when navigating this complex school year.