The impact of student mental health support on college success

Exploring the Wellness-Completion connection

As college leaders recognize the connection between student mental health and academic completion — dubbed “the wellness-completion connection” — new ways of supporting the whole student are showing up at colleges and universities across the country. Institutions are increasingly bolstering student mental health services and other resources in an effort to foster wellness — from internet mental health screenings and 24/7 campus-wide food cupboards to micro-grants that reward student success by reducing financial stress. The need is particularly acute for adult students who often have the added pressure of maintaining a career and supporting a family. In a recent article in The EvoLLLution — an online newspaper focused on fundamental shifts in higher education — Dave Jarrat, InsideTrack’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Growth, and Anita Burns, Executive Director of Student Accessibility, Excelsior College, shared their thoughts on the vital importance of improving campus wellness through a new approach to student mental health.

Meet the insider behind the insights.

Q&A with Dave Jarrat, Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Growth at InsideTrack

Why is this topic important to you?

Roughly a third of all college students and nearly two-thirds of working adult college students struggle with mental health issues. Supporting them in addressing these issues is critical to the success of these students, their families, the institutions they attend and society as a whole.

How does the challenge of mental health issues fit with the InsideTrack mission?

InsideTrack is dedicated to improving higher education access and outcomes for all students. That is why we partner with institutions and others across the country to ensure that students get the support they need to make informed enrollment decisions, thrive academically and personally, and graduate prepared for choice-filled lives. Supporting students in addressing potential obstacles related to anxiety, stress and other mental health issues is a critical component of this work.

What do you wish institutional leaders understood better about this topic?

My goal in writing this piece was to raise awareness of the issue, in particular its broad impact on working adult students that make up an increasing share of the college-going population, and to offer some examples of successful efforts at institutions across the country.

Read the full article in The EvoLLLution

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