Kent State University’s Mental Health Efforts Gain National Attention

Kent State University students are requesting additional mental health counseling resources, and the university is working on multiple fronts of keep up with student needs.

Kent State recently was featured in an article from The New York Times for its hiring of additional counselors in an effort to help students live mentally sound lives.

The article notes how Kent State has added nine clinical health positions across all eight campuses. These new hires are a direct result of President Beverly J. Warren’s push to support student and staff mental wellness on campus.

Kent State also provided more than 700 students, staff and faculty with mental health training. The university created specific programs to reach out to students in populations that do not typically seek mental health treatment.

The efforts resulted in Kent State received a the 2018 Healthy Campus Award from Active Minds, a national advocacy group that supports mental health awareness and education.

The Division of Mental Health and Substance Use at Kent State has multiple groups set up to help educate members of the Kent State community. The Student Mental Health Coalition, Project Aware Kent and Talk On: Stopping Mental Illness Stigma, are just a few of the student-led programs helping to make a difference on campus.

To read the full article from The New York Times, visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/education/learning/mental-health-college-examples.html

To read more about the Division of Mental Health and Substance Use, visit: www.kent.edu/mhsu