I’ve been out of the state, so missed this unsettling piece by MPR’s Tim Post on the big increase in serious mental health cases among college students.
Nationally, he reports:
There has been a big jump in the number of students on campus with serious psychological disorders. They make up 44 percent of students who come to college counseling centers now according to a report from the American College Counseling Association. A decade ago it was 16 percent.
A Minnesota example:
At the University of Minnesota, the campus mental health clinic saw 2,490 students last year. That’s about 90 percent more than they served a decade ago.
Post discusses the possible reasons behind the jump. Read the full story and listen to the audio here.