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NC Schools Address Rising Mental Health Concerns of College Students

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023   

The focus at universities in the fall is getting students started in their new semesters. But increasingly, schools are also doing more to recognize and address the mental health challenges of staying in school. According to a Lumina Foundation study, almost 70% of students in bachelor's degree programs contemplate dropping out of college, citing the emotional stress.

Alyssa Poteat, a student at William Peace University, said she has seen it firsthand. Even after the pandemic, students continue to grapple with heightened stressors.

"Definitely I've seen students be under a lot more stress than they were previously, especially from transitioning from high school to college, moving across state, moving away from home," Poteat continued. "They also take on a lot, like, being involved - so, they are very involved and they're in a new environment, therefore mental health issues are skyrocketing. And sometimes, it's hard to find good resources."

Poteat added another challenge is students hesitate to seek help due to the absence of their regular health care provider, or the inconvenience of scheduling appointments. The report also shows 59% of students consider "stopping out" of college, at least temporarily, for mental-health reasons, and 18% do so for physical health.

Alicia Wiggins, William Peace University counseling director, said the school is addressing this problem by adopting new health options. WPU partnered with TimelyCare at the start of the school year, which has expanded health resources, she said, allowing students to access on-demand and appointment-based medical and mental health care directly through their phone or other devices.

"For students who might be hesitant to make appointments, it is good to be able to have a resource where they can walk away with an appointment, or walk away having seen someone or talked to someone, so that starts the process," Wiggins explained. "And that is usually the hardest part, just starting the process."

The TimelyCare resource is free for traditional undergraduate students. She added students also have access to health coaching, a peer support community and self-care content from a diverse group of physicians and counselors.

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