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RC Mental Health

Mental Health Needs of Regional Campus Students

 

The mental health needs of college students are a growing concern for institutions of higher education (Blanco, et al., 2008). Between 25% and 50% of college students have been diagnosed with a mental health condition in the last year (ACHA, 2012; Blanco, et al., 2008). Numerous factors contribute to the mental health risk of college students such as the typical age of onset, adjustment in transition away from home, lack of social support, substance use and financial instability (Barr, 2014). Troublingly, data indicate that many students are not seeking help—for students with depression and anxiety, between 37% to 84% have not sought mental health services (Eisenberg, Golberstein, & Gollust, 2007).

 

Although there is a small body of literature that documents the mental health challenges online college students face (Barr, 2014), there have not been any studies that assess the mental health challenges college students who attend regional campuses face. Students at RCs face geographic challenges in accessing services in their community, and many do not have access to the typically robust list of student services, including on-campus mental health services.

 

To begin to understand these issues better, students from Dr. Lucero’s MSW research course designed and implemented a survey that assessed the mental health needs of regional campus students at USU. We were interested in finding out more about what mental health issues regional campus students face as well as the challenges related to access and utilization. Take a look at our infographic below for a summary of the study’s results. These data provide a strong rationale for expanding mental health services throughout our regional campus system.