THE DR. LAWRENCE H. AND ROBERTA COHN FORUMS
COLLEGE STUDENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH: Confronting an Emerging Crisis
Presented jointly with HuffPost
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Leadership Studio, Kresge 10th Floor
NEW SERIES TIME: Noon– 1:00pm ET
Mental health issues are alarmingly on the rise among college students, and a serious gap exists in campus services to help them. What can be done to meet this growing need, spurred by issues of anxiety and depression, that has been described as sudden and dramatic by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health? In a spring 2017 survey by the American College Health Association, 39 percent of college students reported feeling so depressed that they were having trouble functioning, and 61 percent said that they had overwhelming anxiety in the previous 12 months. This Forum will serve as a call to action, asking how to develop a campus culture that prioritizes the prevention of mental health issues and the destigmatization of existing conditions. An expert panel featuring leaders from academia, mental health advocacy and psychology will speak from a public health and health care delivery perspective. How do we support students in need; remove barriers, particularly for already marginalized students; boost communication; and promote wellness drivers, such as improved sleep, nutrition, exercise and social connectedness? And how do we gather the much-needed evidence for public health policies?
Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
Alison Malmon, Executive Director and Founder, Active Minds
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, Director, College Mental Health Program, McLean Hospital
Michelle Williams, Dean, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Lindsay Holmes, Senior Wellness Editor, HuffPost
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