More progress urgently needed as colleges work to reduce student stress

Monday, April 03, 2023
Lumina Foundation

The University of Iowa is turning its student union hotel into a mental health center. North Carolina’s state colleges are expanding mental health and crisis services with about $8 million from Gov. Ray Cooper. Florida State University created a new course to train faculty and staff to spot and help students battling trauma. Community colleges are stepping up, too. San Diego City College’s “Mental Health for Math” program embeds stress management in classes to reduce students’ fears of failing. And Texas’ Alamo Colleges District offers mental health services, food, housing, and childcare—all to alleviate students’ anxiety and meet basic needs. These colleges and many more nationwide recognize that students are struggling with severe emotional stress, anxiety, and depression. They also know that the costs of ending formal education at high school can last a lifetime. And they’re doing something about it. 

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