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Four Ways to Support Student Mental Health

Transitioning to life in college can be difficult for many students, as it involves a number of “first time” experiences. Whether it's learning how to manage a budget, maintaining strong grades or even finding new friends, college life can put a strain on a student's mental health. According to a 2011 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) study of college students diagnosed with mental health conditions, nearly three fourths of respondents experienced a mental health crisis while in school. All too often, students can find themselves facing punishment for actions resulting from mental or behavioral health issues. By recognizing the potential for a student to develop depression, anxiety or addiction, and offering a safe harbor and care solutions, student conduct professionals can play a valuable role in the campus ecosystem that supports students as they become acclimated to life away from home. 

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