Colleges Struggle With Soaring Student Demand for Counseling

Associated Press (11/25/2019)
  • More US college students are turning to school counsellors for help with anxiety and depression.
  • Demand for treatment has nearly doubled over the last 5 years while counseling budgets have only risen by 25%.
  • The rise is attributed to less mental health stigma and social media.
  • Many universities only have one counselor per 4,000 students.
  • Students forced to wait weeks (or months) for initial appointments must cope by themselves.
  • In 2014, Illinois State freshman Chris Predmore committed suicide after being told to wait for counseling.