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Mental Health Intervention

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Edward Jones

on 19 April 2010

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Mental Health and College Background: Added pressures on students in college can create a stressful environment
A 2001 study of 1,455 college students from four universities (Furr, Westefeld, McConnell, & Jenkins, 2001) found that 53% of the respondents experienced some form of depression while at college. Additionally, 9% reported that they had thought of committing suicide, with 1% reporting a suicide attempt.
National Survery of Counseling Center Directors:
96% of directors believe that the increase of students with more serious problems is a growing concern in their centers, 78% believe it is a growing concern for the administration, 69% for faculty and 88.5% for Residence Life Staff.
17% of student clients were receiving prescription psychiatric medications, as compared to only 9% five years before Counseling Centers: CAPS Already established and funded
They provide comprehensive mental health services to a significant portion of the population (Stone et al. 2000)
Major training sites at the practicum, predoctoral, and postdoctoral levels for counseling and clinical psychologists (Stone et al. 2000) Theoretical Foundations Community Psychology Perspective Human behavioral problems, and their solutions, are components of their social contexts
Emphasizes community collaboration to address issues of availability, accessibility, awareness, and stigma associated with mental health issues Teddy Jones
Community Intervention Research
4/19/2010 Intervention Design Multi-level pilot intervention study at 4 different, large (>10,000 students) with operating mental health counseling centers
Place-level randomization
Focusing on incoming freshmen class
Intervention will be conducted on two levels: individual and institutional Individual Peer-led group discussions
Approximately 15-20 person group sessions
Facilitated by trained upperclassmen volunteers
Structured discussion revolving around concerns about mental health, where to receive counsel and treatment, challenging previously held attitudes, and identifying warning signs of depression Institutional Class-wide seminar
Also conducted during orientation week
Creatively present freshmen with real facts and trends relevant to mental health issues and their demographic
P.R. campaign for on-campus counseling center
Print media (posters/brochures/handouts)
Online website Measures Information from Counseling Centers
Monthly tracking by month of admission of freshmen
Web-based survey
Administered to all freshmen via email at 2 separate time points
Basic demographic information
Knowledge of mental health services on campus
Likelihood of soliciting professional help
Number of times treatment has been sought
Perceived deterrents from utilizing resources like the on-campus counseling center
Attitudes about mental health
PHQ-Brief August June Prior to arival at university, initial web-based survey is administered via email
School and orientation week begins
Implementation of intervention, including small group sessions and large class-wide seminar
P.R. campaign begins for Counseling center
Counseling center begins tracking monthly utilization resources P.R. campaign and website resources continue to be available
Monthly information regarding counseling center is recorded Second web-based survey is administered
Information from counseling center is compiled TIMELINE HYPOTHESES? Freshman students exposed to the intervention will:

Be more knowledgable about available on-campus resources concerning mental health
Be more likely to get solicit these services
Report higher accessibility to resources
List fewer boundaries to treatment Limitations...
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