(from Inside Higher Ed) When college mental health care providers and students talk about campus mental health resources, two very different perspectives emerge. Students who have experienced mental illnesses themselves see the availability of on-campus services as one of the core responsibilities of the institutions they attend. They believe that if those services aren’t being utilized or are found by students to be inadequate, it’s up to the college to adjust. But counseling center directors believe students should view campus mental health services as a shared resource and a shared responsibility. In an attempt to improve the community, universities are communicating more openly about how students are using services, including how many appointments students skip. 20% of appointments at American University were no-shows or late arrivals, for example, further exacerbating the strain on services.
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