MTV’s Campus Ambassadors Weigh in on What Mental Health Resources their Colleges Offer — and What They Don’t

[fusion_dropcap color=”” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”50%” class=”” id=””]M[/fusion_dropcap]TV’s Student Ambassadors from Duke, Fordham, The University of Nebraska-Omaha, Rutgers, UC Berkeley, and many other schools lay it on the line and candidly discuss the mental health resources that are available, or not, at their respective campuses. Not surprising, the larger and better-funded schools get it right more often than not.  Some schools show need for significant improvement.  Regardless of school, the student ambassadors noted four common and important themes:

1. There’s a numbers issue when it comes to mental health. Mental illness is treated like a niche issue on many campuses, and the number of professionals employed to help students can reflect that. In reality, multiple studies have shown that mental health is a predominant issue among college students — and should be treated as such.

2. Campuses need to normalize the mental health resources they do have. Going to a counselor or center should be considered as normal as meeting academic advisers or going to the gym.

3. Mental health should be a topic of discussion not only among students, but among speakers and/or other prominent figures on campus.

4. Campuses should also emphasize ways for students to address mental health in their day-to-day lives — like emphasizing self-care, emphasizing the importance of strong communities, etc.

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