The 2018 NASPA Mental Health Conference will provide student affairs practitioners with the knowledge and skills to effectively address college student mental health through a variety of integrative approaches. This conference is part of the NASPA Strategies Conferences, which include the 2018 NASPA Alcohol, Other Drug, and Campus Violence Prevention Conference, the 2018 NASPA Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Conference, and the 2018 NASPA Well-Being and Health Promotion Leadership Conference.
Colleges and universities are not isolated from the complexities of today’s world and today’s student arrives on campus with similarly complex mental health and well-being concerns. Colleges and universities consistently report an increase in both the number of students with mental health problems and the complexity and severity of issues. If left untreated, these problems impact students’ emotional and social development as well as their academic success and retention. Mental health and well-being are precursors to meaningful learning, making it critical for institutions of higher education to develop services that are accessible to students while removing stigma from help seeking behaviors.
Student affairs administrators, faculty, resident directors, and counselors are often on the front lines with distressed students, and they - along with many other campus constituencies - are searching for ways to best serve students' individual needs and those of the student body as a whole. Because mental health issues present in various campus settings and they affect not just the individual student but the campus as a whole, successful approaches require collaboration between campus departments and between a college and the local community.
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