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UniWellness Weekly #8: March 13, 2019

Welcome to UniWellness Weekly!

Each week, we will share a handful of recent news articles with you about student mental health. Feel free to share your feedback with us or send us an article or event to include in the next issue.

Happy Reading!

Paige Long
UniWellness Weekly Editor 
UniWellness Care Customer Experience Lead
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How UPenn Cut Counseling Wait Times in Half Without Hiring More Counselors 

March 7, 2019

Like many other colleges, the University of Pennsylvania has seen a large increase in the number of students seeking campus mental health services. To more effectively and efficiently handle this demand, UPenn’s counseling center maximized initial assessment slots, created a master schedule, removed triage screenings, and created a 24-hour clinician phone line. As a result, the average wait time for mental health services was cut in half! 

Schools Getting More Police but at the Expense of Counselors, Nurses 

March 5, 2019

According to a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union, grade schools have plenty of police officers but lack crucial mental health staff. 90% of schools that provide mental health professionals fail to meet the minimum professional-to-student ratio of one counselor and one social worker for every 250 students, one nurse for every 700 students, and one psychologist for every 250 students. This leaves a wide gap for students’ mental health concerns to go unnoticed. 

Professors Sometimes Don’t Know What to Do for Students Struggling with Mental Health 

March 5, 2019

Professors are often the front line of defense in identifying students who are experiencing hardship. They’re the ones who notice a decline in grades and attendance, and they’re often the ones that students trust and turn to for help. But many professors don’t know how to properly support these students and direct them to the campus resources that can help. 

Task Force Will Recommend Strategies to Strengthen Student Mental Health Services

March 6, 2019

UW-Madison has created a task force to better address students’ mental health needs. The task force will begin its work now and operate through the 2019-2020 academic year, reviewing existing mental health resources and providing recommendations for a comprehensive approach to increase mental health support. We think every college and university should create a student mental health task force!

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Upcoming Events

Do you have a mental health or telehealth related conference coming up? Tell us about it! Email paige@uniwellnesscare.com to be included in this listing.   

Active Minds National Conference 2019  
March 22-23, 2019
George Washington University in Washington, DC 

2019 Convergence Telehealth Summit
March 31-April 2, 2019
Williamsburg, Virginia 

Telemed Leadership Forum 2019
April 3-5, 2019
Washington, DC 

American Telemedicine Association 2019 Annual Conference and Expo
April 14-16, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana 

American Association of Suicidology 52nd Annual Conference
April 24-27, 2019
Denver, Colorado 

Our goal is to reduce barriers by connecting students to mental health care whenever and wherever because every person matters and every illness hurts

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