Why Student Life Assistance?

Growing Challenges for Higher Education

  • Exponential growth of students facing mental health issues during global pandemic
  • Understaffed counseling centers
  • Student issues are more complex than ever and faculty are stretched thin
  • Limited access to care for online & distance learners, commuters, and regional campuses
  • Budgetary constraints
  • Students, faculty, advisors, coaches, and staff need more tools
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Students Struggling More Than Ever

According to the American Council on Education Survey, 80% of college presidents indicate mental health is more of a priority on their campus than it was three years ago.

90%
of Counseling Center Directors Reported an Increase in Threats to Self, Including Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempts, and Non-suicidal Self-injury
80%
of Students Report that COVID-19 Has Negatively Impacted Their Mental Health
55%
of Students Would Not Know Where to Go for Help for Mental Health Support
39%
of LGBTQ+ Individuals Report a Mental Illness in the Past Year and Are Over 4x More Likely to Attempt Suicide
1 in 4
College Students Experience Academic Problems Due to Drinking

Data from ActiveMinds.org, Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Inside Higher Education 2020, Mental Health America (MHA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Institute on Alcohol, Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Mental Health & Academic Outcomes

Academic performance suffers when student mental health issues go unaddressed:

  • Depression and anxiety are negative predictors of student GPA
  • Depression reduces retention with at-risk students being twice as likely to leave college without graduating

Source: American Council on Education

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