5 Important New College Mental Health Statistics

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Breaking news: Research shows that improving campus attitudes towards mental health enhances student success AND saves taxpayer’s money!

Let’s be real, all of us who are advocating for mental wellness on college campuses every day could have told everyone that a long time ago… but still, this is a big deal! We now have some solid data that definitely proves that our work is working, and we are on the right track with the most effective approaches to mental health promotion.

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So, here’s the scoop:

A major study conducted at public colleges throughout California set out to assess factors that influence mental health services utilization among students, and the potential societal impact of investing in mental health programs on campus. The RAND Corporation researchers who led the study surveyed a total of 33,943 students, and 14,018 faculty and staff at 39 public universities throughout California.

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In the News: ABA Resolution Urges an End to Mental Health Discrimination Against Bar Applicants

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Active Minds would like to join our friends at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in applauding the American Bar Association’s call for an end to discriminatory use of mental health screening for bar applicants.

During their annual meeting earlier this month, the ABA’s House of Delegates voted to approve a resolution that urges state and territorial bar licensing entities to eliminate any questions about an applicant’s mental health history, diagnosis or treatment when determining character and fitness for the purpose of bar admission. The resolution states that the questions should instead focus on conduct behavior that impairs an applicant’s ability to practice law in a competent, ethical and professional manner.

esquerra-theresaActive Minds was first introduced to this topic when 2009 Emerging Scholar Theresa Esquerra conducted a study of the mental illness disclosure requirements on Moral Character and Fitness applications for state bar admissions. Theresa’s study intended to identify which states’ disclosure requirements may be unconstitutional and suggested that state bars provide law school students with mental illnesses an independent medical evaluation of their condition. Since her time as an Emerging Scholar, Theresa has served on the Bazelon Center’s Leadership 21 Committee, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Dave Nee Foundation. As an advisory board member, she also contributes to the work of the Starr Initiative on Character and Fitness, which was inspired by her 2009 project. Continue Reading

Mental Health News Round-Up: August 21

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Michael Sam Leaves Pro Football, Cites Mental Health Concerns

Openly gay football pioneer Michael Sam is taking a break pro football to take care of his mental health. This is an important step for athletes to break down stigma and realize the importance of taking care of both physical and mental health equally.

Gun Laws Associated With Lower Suicide Rates

Decreasing access to lethal means prevents suicide according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. The four laws specifically investigated were waiting periods, background checks for purchase or licensing, hand gun locks, and restrictions on the open carrying.

If you are struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting “Start” to 741-741.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: August 14

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21 Times #TheWorstPartAboutDepressionIs Reminded You That You’re Not Alone

Buzzfeed compiled a list of posts that came the twitter hashtag: #TheWorstPartAboutDepressionIs. As more and more share their experiences of mental health disorders, the message rings true that you are not alone.

Robin Williams, One Year Later: What Will Your Verse Be?

Mental health activist Dese’Rae L. Stage reflects on the media coverage of surrounding Robin William’s death, and lists specific steps so that we can refocus the conversation and efforts on preventing suicide now.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: August 7

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Coffee Can Help Boost Your Mental Health

Moderate coffee drinkers were found to be less likely to develop mild cognitive imperative. Drink up coffee lovers!

Picky Eating in Children Linked to Anxiety, Depression and A.D.H.D.

New research in Pediatrics shows that extremely picky eating during childhood could be indicative of other behavioral health problems in the future. One scientist explains this connection because these youth are more sensitive to their environment and thus more easily affected by outside factors.

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Mental Health News Round-Up: July 31

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Suicide Prevention, Stress, and the Ideals of Perfection

Although I typically try to remain objective in the Mental Health New Round-Up, I break this form to share the following NYT article that includes my personal story.

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Active Minds has been instrumental in my journey of recovery and advocacy and I am now involved with Active Minds Penn on campus (Check out our Chapter President’s video on her mental health story and another alum’s TedTalk video).

I am so grateful to Active Minds National for taking a chance on me as an intern when I was on leave and truly believing that sharing your story can change the world. Find out how you can share your story for Suicide Prevention Month.

(The typical mental health news round-up continues below)

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Mental Health News Round Up: July 24

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White House Discusses Native American Mental Health With Youth Leaders

On July 9, the White House gathered 875 Native youth in the Tribal Youth Gathering to discuss and make change in key issues facing Native communities. One of the initiatives called the SAMHSA Tribal Youth Leaders focused on mental health and substance use.

Studies Show Your Financial Health Could Be A Good Indicator Of Your Mental Health

Researchers have noted a correlation between debt and mental health problems.  Forbes suggests combatting both at the same time by recognizing the link between the two, and seeking help for both mental health and finances.

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Mental Health News Round-up: July 17

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Inside The Mental Health Stigma In The Latino Community

Activist Dior Vargas discusses the stigma within the Latino community and encourages each person to become their own advocate when in comes to getting the best treatment possible.

This Is What It’s Like To Recover From An Eating Disorder During Ramadan

As Ramadan ends, Buzzfeed highlights the experiences of people in recovery from eating disorders during this month when the relationship with food, family, and Allah all intersect. Continue Reading

Mental Health News Round Up: July 10

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Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Psychologist are researching race-based trauma in light of the recent shooting in at the historically black AME church in Charleston and the burning of black churches. Microagressions, race based violence, and racism cause trauma that harms the mental health of African American, but researchers believe the official DSM definition of race based trauma is too narrow.

Why the Words We Use to Talk About Mental Health Are Important

Words like “crazy,” “bonkers,” or “psycho” that demonize people living with mental health conditions only promote the stigma that prevents people from seeking the life saving treatment they need. This VICE opinion piece echoes Active Minds’ mission and argues that “showing kindness and sensitivity in the language we use should not be a grave imposition on our being – it should be a basic requirement of our humanity.”

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Mental Health News Round Up: June 26

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How Colleges Stop Depressed Students From Returning To Campus

UntitledThis Buzzfeed article follows one student’s experience with Brown University’s leave of absence policy locking him out of his education by denying him readmission 5 times. The Active Minds Chapter at Brown is working administrators to create change about mental health on campus.

It’s Not about Mental Illness: The Big Lie that Always Follows Mass Shootings by White Males

This Salon article argues that solely blaming mental illness after a mass shooting not only further stigmatizes mental health and impedes help seeking, but avoids addressing the deeper issues of the madness of the society that we live in.

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