Sixty-one percent of students feel overwhelming anxiety, according to a report from the American College Health Association survey of more than 63,000 students at 92 schools. Another survey from META, which developed a teletherapy app designed exclusively for colleges, shows that 81 percent of students say they suffer from a mental health condition.

But while students sometimes struggle to manage these conditions, they aren’t always seeking help from on-campus counseling centers.

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META’s survey results reveal three reasons students aren’t using their institution’s counseling centers and how universities can support students outside of on-campus mental health resources.

3 reasons students don't seek out on-campus mental health resources

Students don’t have time

College students are busier than ever balancing academic, extracurricular, and social activities. With so much going on, it’s easy to see why students don’t have time to seek out on-campus mental health resources. In fact, 57 percent of students’ reported that their schedules don’t allow time to seek a therapist on campus.

About the Author:

Srikanth Santhanam is the SVP and Chief Product Officer of META, provider of a teletherapy app designed exclusively for college students. Prior to META, Santhanam was the SVP at Ceannate Corp., the parent of multiple companies providing technology-enabled services in the higher education lifecycle to students, families, colleges and employers. He has over 20 years of experience in developing new products and solutions for a variety of industries.


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