With 39 percent of college and university students reporting moderate to mild depression last fall, according to the Healthy Minds Study of more than 32,000 higher-ed students, campus mental health services are more critical than ever–and telehealth can meet that growing need.
Student mental health was a concern before the COVID-19 pandemic, but ever since March 2020, it was been a top priority. According to a survey from Active Minds, a nonprofit supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults, 89 percent of college students said COVID-19 has caused them stress or anxiety, 78 percent felt loneliness or isolation, and almost half (48 percent) have experienced a setback in finances.
As students get into the swing of things on campuses this fall, counseling centers are looking ahead to the challenges down the road. Campus mental health professionals expect an influx of students in crisis and will need new resources to support this vulnerable population.
Telehealth, when provided in the right way for the right patients, can be an important part of the student mental health solution. In fact, Active Minds recommends maintaining telehealth services and widely promoting them, along with not reducing mental health budgets or staffing.
Telehealth is a great option for college students who have busy academic, personal, and work schedules. It offers greater appointment flexibility and, importantly, can encourage more students to seek care because telehealth helps avoid stigmas that have traditionally been associated with mental health services.
A new ebook from Mantra Health, Telepsychiatry: Transforming Campus Mental Health, examines the pivotal role telehealth can play in ensuring students have access to the support and services they need to address mental health needs and concerns. Mantra Health is a digital mental health clinic that works with campus counseling centers.
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