When choosing our deliberation topic, we looked to the issues we felt effected Penn State students, and seemed to be a topic few people choose to focus on when discussing college. Mental health issues are the number one health issues facing college aged students in America, and the number of college students personally effected by mental health issues has been on the incline in the past decade. Mental health has become a major topic of discussion at many campuses across the country as the numbers continue to rise.
In this article, the writer discusses how mental health issues are addressed by universities, and the importance of access to mental health care on campus. The article stated that 26% of students who sought help said they had intentionally hurt themselves; 33.2% had considered suicide. For many students, reaching out for help can be difficult, but also very necessary for the safety of the student.
In our own community, and the basis for approach 1 of of our deliberation, this article by Onward State discusses the current program, CAPS, which provides mental health services to students on campus. As mentioned in the previous article, access to services, like CAPS, can significantly change the way a student receives treatment. In the article, the writer discusses how the donation made in 2016 to CAPS would significantly reduce the wait times to see counselors, which at the time was up to months long. For students, accessing help earlier can have drastic effects on treatment quality, and the amount of time each student will need to actively receive treatment. The article discusses how access to resources could improve CAPS services, by funding an increase in CAPS counselors, CAPS would be able to extend its outreach significantly and ensure all student seeking help, do sooner rather than later.
Though the current CAPS program provides extensive services to students, a general lack of knowledge of these services of students, inhibits many from seeking help. The lengthy waitlists also deter many students from making an appointment at all. Penn State, along with other campuses across the nation, must establish better strategies to ensure mental health of students takes a greater precedence.
Klodowski, Katie. “Alumni Association Matches Class Of 2016 CAPS Donations, Pledges Largest Amount In Class Gift History.” Onward State, 27 Apr. 2016.
James, Susan Donaldson. “Mental Health Problems Rising Among College Students.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 28 June 2017,