The need for psychiatric treatment by college students and school members has grown significantly since the epidemic began. Two recent bipartisan funding from the House of Representatives seeks to address this growing problem by helping colleges develop policy-based policies and strategies to address mental illness and alcoholism in schools.
All of these payments were made to the House with the help of the apartisan and were submitted to the Senate, where similar assistance is expected.
A psychiatric study shows that since 2013 there has been a 135 percent increase in depression and a 110 percent increase in anxiety among college students. In addition, a Harris study of 1,000 college students showed that students had a 12 percent higher risk of developing dementia than the US average.
Camp leaders are also affected. A 2020 poll showed that 70 percent of college presidents said anxiety was the biggest problem in their lives, and 66 percent of college presidents saw an increase in the use of medical care in schools. In addition, in April a group of about 100 organizations representing higher education sent a letter to Congress to set up funding for mental illness in colleges.
Colleges are able to use the $ 76.2 billion allocated to colleges across the country through the Emergency Funds in the American Rescue Plan to address mental illness, but many schools do not have the resources and guidance needed to maintain good health and suicide. -protection programs.
The Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act may require the Department of Education to work with the Department of Health and Health to encourage schools to develop programs to address mental illness and suicide in schools.
Manuela McDonough, director of public affairs and publicity for the Jed Foundation, an organization that works with colleges to develop mental health and suicide plans, said research has shown that, “once college and university have a plan, they fail to commit suicide. promoting student mental health, recent suicide and awareness of the dangers students face. “
Similarly, the Campus Prevention and Recovery Services for Students Act 2022 could encourage collaboration between the Department of Education and HHS to develop programs that can address alcohol and drug abuse and support services.
David Arnold, vice president of vice president of health, safety and well-being at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, said that although many colleges want to put in place effective programs to deal with dementia or alcoholism, they often do not know where to start. . The two bills allow the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services to provide a comprehensive framework for college-based strategies to invest their resources in mental health and practice activities.
“It’s a unique opportunity to break the ice and strengthen inter-institutional cooperation to address the real issue,” said Randy Moore, program manager at Active Minds, an organization that promotes student mental health.
More and more cooperation from the federal government could significantly help low-income colleges to formulate ideology, sources said. This includes small colleges that often work with fewer staff and help deal with dementia.
The law on drug use could lead to a dramatic change in language in the 1965 Higher Education sector in an effort to curb drug and alcohol abuse efforts. Colonies will need to use scientific-supported programs to avoid excessive alcohol consumption or other factors.
Enhancing Mental Health also includes funding for additional mental education in college schools, but Congress could have stepped in to fund more existing programs such as the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, which provides state funding to youth health and suicide programs. – prevention experiments, in addition to college schools. The program, which currently provides $ 7 million a year for the project, is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Many psychiatrists are urging Congress to pass the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Reauthorization Act, a Republican-led bill enacted in the House in March that would also approve and fund an additional $ 13 million a year for the program.
Campus Prevention Act recognizes $ 15 million annually to support prevention and recovery and to develop programs to help organizations develop and implement new standards.