(from the Chronicle of Higher Education) Mental health crises are on the rise on college campuses. In a 2017 survey of 26,000 undergraduates, 40 percent said that at some point in the previous 12 months they had felt "so depressed that it was difficult to function," 61 percent had experienced overwhelming anxiety, and nearly 13 percent had seriously considered suicide. How can faculty help students who are suffering a mental health crisis? Barry Schreier, director of counseling services at the University of Iowa, recommends these three steps: first, notice any potential issues. Second, ask the student(s) about what you notice. Third, keep help numbers and contact information handy, and refer students to professional help.
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