New Primer on College Mental Health

October 15, 2014

The American Psychological Association urged colleges Tuesday to address the mental health of students, and released a publication focusing on the role mental health plays in learning. The "Strategic Primer on College Student Mental Health" -- published by the APA, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the American Council on Education -- explains that mental health issues are a "critical component" of ensuring students' success. While many colleges focus on access, retention, and completion, the primer states, they should also focus on mental health and wellness.

"Mental and behavioral health problems are also learning problems,” Louise Douce, APA board member and co-author of the publication, stated. “Given the complex relationships among mental health, problematic health behaviors, learning, campus safety and the quality of the learning environment, mental and behavioral health should be a strategic priority on every campus.”

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