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Mental Health Crises In Schools And Colleges

In 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic caused disruptions to education across the globe, forcing implementation of remote learning models and online classrooms. This sudden transition triggered a variety of unprecedented challenges for students, making it harder for them to cope with stress and social isolation. 

Mental health crisis in medical schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the crisis did stimulate innovation within the education landscape, it also amplified many short-term and long-term concerns for students, such as: 

  • Insecurity about professional future 
  • Lack of concentration and interest in learning 
  • Excessive worry about student loan repayments 
  • Absence of a good study environment at home 
  • FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) about ‘college/high school life’ 
  • The onset of mental health issues 

Besides loneliness, the students are also grappling with mental health difficulties that have manifested in different ways like depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger issues, low self-confidence, lesson retention issues, and eating disorders. 

Now that schools and colleges are back to on-campus teaching mode, supporting the mental health concerns of students has become the need of the hour.  But education stakeholders must first try to understand the mindset shifts in their student population and preempt the learning challenges they might face. They also need to identify the gaps between existing mental health policies and services. Here are some steps that can be taken to tackle this problem: 

  1. Conduct detailed surveys to gauge the current mental status of students. 
  1. Benchmark results against peer institutions. 
  1. Identify students’ priorities and immediate well-being needs. 
  1. Reassess academic programs, teaching methods, and policies. 
  1. Plan for holistic on-campus mental health initiatives. 
  1. Advocate resources and services available to students for wellness support. 

Student well-being is something that impacts all aspects of administrative decisions – enrollment process, budgeting, event planning, counselor recruitment, faculty training, investments in learner management software systems, etc. All this requires decision-makers to adopt data-informed and holistic approaches to student lifecycle management. 

What more can be done to address the mental health crisis – to guarantee a safe and productive environment for students? 

Wellness Tracking in Medical Schools

Encouraging a safe campus environment & interactive student community 

In these unprecedented times, having a sense of community connection has never been so crucial for students. It lends a sense of calm and security to students – something that educational institutions are not yet fully equipped for or trained to deal with at the moment. Often, cases of bullying on campus add to the mental suffering of vulnerable students. As per the National Center for Educational Statistics report, students’ race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and physical appearance are the most common reasons for being bullied at schools. To curb this, stringent anti-bullying policies must be enacted on campuses, with options for proactive support helplines. Encouraging peer-support groups within campus can also be a helpful alternative for students who’re sitting on waitlists for individual therapy sessions. 

 

Offering access to mental health support

There are many ways educational institutions can integrate mental health support into campus life: 

1. Training faculty members – Although most schools and colleges have now hired mental health therapists/professional guidance counselors, there is still a need to train faculty members in: 

  • Identifying distress symptoms among students 
  • Various tactics of on-the-spot counseling 
  • Specific issues faced by gender and ethnic minorities 

Both therapists and faculty members should collaborate with institution administrators to reach out to students needing immediate assistance. 

2. Resource availability – For providing support at all stages of student life (onboarding to graduation), schools and colleges must have a repository of resources that educate students & faculty members on dealing with various mental health concerns. They can be made available in many formats: 

  • Reading materials like brochures, books, and emails 
  • List of affordable (or discounted) off-campus counselors 
  • Helplines on student notice boards and online community forums 
  • Information about various peer-support groups and assigned on-campus meeting spaces 
  • Event updates on Alma Mater meet-ups – This will serve as an alternative counseling method to help destigmatize mental health treatment among students, their families, and communities. 

3. Availing outside support – Schools & colleges can associate with community organizations for providing stress-mitigating tools to their students, such as: 

  • Scheduling bi-weekly Yoga sessions on campus 
  • Tie-ups with online meditation apps like Calm 
  • Inviting mental health support organizations to bring in therapy dogs .

By working together, faculty members, therapists, and mental health organizations can make educational institutions much safer places for students. Such initiatives will not only improve the wellness quotient of the campus but also help lessen student dropout rates (propelled by mental distress). 

 

As per American Council in Education, Spring Term Survey Report Feb 2021, 

73% of presidents of private 4-year institutions indicated that students’ mental health and wellness have been the top most pressing issues for them. 94% of them reported that anxiety was the most complained-about problem. 

For 58% of presidents, the second most common concern is the mental health of their faculty and staff. 

Pulse Point Survey of College and University Presidents on COVID-19Source: https://www.acenet.edu/Research-Insights/Pages/Senior-Leaders/Presidents-Survey-Fall-2021.aspx

Student monitoring using mindset surveys 

By conducting regular mindset surveys, educational institutions can easily evaluate the impact of various mental health initiatives on their students’ well-being. For this, faculty & staff members need to be empowered with platforms that support data capture from multiple streams (like on-ground events, quizzes, email surveys, online community gatherings, etc.).  

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Such information-gathering methods can be used to accurately assess the stress levels and problems of students, thereby creating an inclusive, interactive, personalized, and stress-free campus environment for all. A few great ways these reports can be used are: 

  • Reports can be used to assign counselors to students who’re red-flagged for showing signs of emotional or mental distress. 
  • Results can be imported by the college management as assessments. 
  • Data related to students’ current state of mind, attitude, sleep quality, and other parameters can be mapped effectively through self-assessment surveys. This information can be further used to determine the overall fitness level of students. 
  • Survey results can be used to plan future wellness campaigns and make positive policy changes. 

By using efficient learner management software like Cocolevion’s LIMS, medical schools can easily process data from multiple online & offline sources. LIMS comes with a built-in wellness tracking tool that keeps the campus community connected and ensures timely mental health support for students. 

This game-changing software empowers medical school management with student data and performance evaluations beyond pure academics. To know more about LIMS, please visit www.cocolevio.com/lims or contact our sales rep at (512) 222-5730 for a detailed product demo. 

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