California College Students Increasingly Seek Mental Health Care
According to STAT News' "Morning Rounds," California in 2013 implemented a statewide prevention and early intervention program for mental health across college campuses (Thielking, "Morning Rounds," STAT News, 12/10).
Specifically, the initiative allotted about $8.7 million annually for:
- Campus outreach campaigns to reduce stigma surrounding mental health; and
- Staff training to recognize when students might need help.
The study found that the percentage of students in public universities and community colleges in California who sought mental health care increased by more than 10% between 2013 and last spring.
The study projected that such mental health interventions could:
- Help 329 additional students graduate annually; and
- Yield a "societal benefit" of up to $56 million annually through increased earning power among graduates (AP/Sacramento Bee, 12/10).