University mental-health centers are being flooded by students that address a broad range of issues including anxiety and sexual assaults. Universities have a significant responsibility to address these issues.
Unfortunately, limited resources have restricted their ability to provide effective and in-depth therapy when needed. However, it’s better late and too little than not at all. But these efforts need now to be dramatically expanded beyond short-term counseling. The times have changed and so do efforts to address these issues.
One recommendation is for universities to expand and to work with community resources outside of the university. Specifically, to refer students to therapists who specialize in these areas who already have significant experience. This would be an effective and more efficient way to overcome stretched resources and provide longer-term treatment.
“College Mental-Health Centers — Students Flooding In.” Wall Street Journal (Oct. 11, 2016).
“Women’s First Assaults — Hundreds Respond on Twitter.” New York Times (Oct. 11, 2016).