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December 2018

Challenges in Post-Secondary Mental Health Identification and Care

Dec 01
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) recently published a paper examining systemic issues in the postsecondary mental health sector. Stress (42.2%) and anxiety (32.5%) were among the most prevalent factors affecting students’ academic performance. Furthermore, the survey noted that 14.7% of students had a formal diagnosis of depression, which was a 47% increase from 2013.
Institutions report struggling with an increase in student psychopathology, severity of issues, and counseling service usage. Many counselors believe they do not have either the resources, or in some cases, the training necessary to serve the population of students presenting with significant psychiatric distress.
Counselling services are over burdened for the following reasons: