Colleges Brace for Potential Increased Need for Mental Health Services



With online and in-person teaching planned, mental-health teams struggle with uncertainty; a sharper focus on the needs of students of color

June 29, 2020 11:31 am ET
As colleges prepare for a school year unlike any other—will classes be in person or online? How can students stay safe in dorms?—their counseling centers are bracing for a wave of student mental health issues.
“Students are experiencing trauma, grief, losses as a result of Covid” and the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd and others, says Barry A. Schreier, director of the university counseling service at the University of Iowa. The losses range from canceled internships and study-abroad programs to the death of…
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