Highlighted Scholarly Work

Eisenberg, D. & Lipson, S.K. (2019). The Healthy Minds Study.

This scholarly research provides a comprehensive study of mental health on college campuses. It provides survey data collected through random samples at 79 colleges and universities (62,171 students participated). The data are analyzed to identify prevalence, behaviors, attitudes and beliefs, and use of mental health services. Their key findings indicate that more than half of students responding (56%) utilized treatment in the last year and almost half (47%) still perceive a public stigma. These data can be integrated into a campus wide mental health plan.

Equity in mental health framework: Recommendations for colleges and universities to support the emotional well-being and mental health of students of color. (2017). The JED Foundation.

These 10 recommendations are the result of a review of 84 programs at 23 schools, a national survey 1,502 first year students, a study focused on 1,056 racially diverse college students and their mental health needs and support, and input from 130 higher education leaders and mental health experts. The findings show that while mental health concerns are very real and valid for all college students, students of color often experience additional sources of anxiety, stress, and depression and it is critical that all our efforts regarding mental health awareness and support on campus acknowledge this and put this knowledge into practice.

Strategies for addressing mental health support on campus. (2019). NASPA Policy and Practice Series. https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/main/NASPA_Policy_and_Practice_Issue_4_Mental_Health_DOWNLOAD.pdf.

A resource for student affairs professionals specifically, but with lessons and practices that could inform the entire college experience, this issue covers mental health needs of students. It includes suggested policy and program improvements and a conversation about the law and liability.

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