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ERIC Number: ED561167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
CalMHSA Student Mental Health Campus-Wide Survey. 2013 Summary Report
Sontag-Padilla, Lisa; Roth, Elizabeth; Woodbridge, Michelle W.; Kase, Courtney Ann; Osilla, Karen Chan; D'Amico, Elizabeth; Jaycox, Lisa H.; Stein, Bradley D.
RAND Corporation
Mental Health Problems among college and university students represent a significant public health issue in the United States. Mental disorders account for nearly one-half of the disease burden for young adults in the United States (World Health Organization, 2008), and most lifetime mental disorders have first onset by age 24 (Kessler et al., 2005; Merikangas et al., 2010). In the past decade, colleges and universities have also been playing an increasingly important role in addressing the mental health needs of youth. College represents the only time in many people's lives when a single integrated setting encompasses their main activities--both career-related and social--as well as health and other support services. In turn, campus mental health services, staff, and faculty are often uniquely positioned to identify students at risk for mental health problems and to help intervene when problems arise. To support higher education staff and faculty in these important gatekeeping roles and to significantly impact student mental health, a deeper understanding of student mental health needs, supports, and service utilization in the college and university populations is critical. As part of the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) Statewide Evaluation of the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Initiatives, RAND conducted campus-wide online surveys of California college and university faculty, staff, and students during the spring and fall of 2013. The purpose of these surveys was to understand: (1) experiences and attitudes related to student mental health; (2) perceptions of how campuses are serving students' mental health needs; and (3) perceptions of the overall campus climate toward student mental health and well-being. This report presents findings from the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges (CCC) campuses that participated in the survey.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Health; California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)
Identifiers - Location: California