CU Boulder seeing an increase in demand for mental health services for students, employees
Campus leaders are examining how to provide mental health services not only for students, but also for faculty and staff members at the University of Colorado amid increasing demand.
The topic has been of public discussion recently, including at the Boulder Faculty Assembly’s monthly meeting in early October and during Chancellor Phil DiStefano’s State of the Campus address later in the month. Demand for services among students is outpacing enrollment growth, and employee services are seeing an uptick in demand, too.
“We really need to look not only for our students, but also for our faculty and staff on their mental health,” DiStefano told the Boulder Faculty Assembly. “… We’re seeing a spike in the number of individuals going to the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, and we have to be aware of that and work on that.”
Last fiscal year, the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program had 620 cases and provided 2,361 sessions, according to data provided by the university. Two years prior, the program had 362 cases and provided 1,406 sessions.
Student health and wellness programs had 52,093 visits last fiscal year, which included behavioral health and psychiatric services, walk-ins, and workshops and groups. Two years prior, they had 47,980 visits.
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October 27, 2018 at 11:11 am
The Denver Post
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