A national survey across hundreds of college campuses does much to paint a picture of student mental health and mental health support on campus. Now, the researchers behind the Healthy Minds Network want to immediately put resources into the hands of students who take that survey.
With technical expertise from the University of Michigan (U-M) Office of Academic Innovation, the researchers have developed a digital tool called Sage, which provides education and support to students. It boosts mental health support on campus by allowing those who take the Healthy Minds Survey to receive tailored resources based on individual needs and preferences indicated through their responses.
To date, some 300,000 students nationwide have taken the mental health survey. A trial of the tool was offered to U-M students.
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Daniel Eisenberg of the U-M School of Public Health and the Institute of Social Research, and Sarah Ketchen Lipson, formerly of the U-M School of Public Health and now at the Boston University School of Public Health, say they want students to be aware of the support available for their daily lives, rather than only seek services when they are in a tough situation or crisis.