A Strategic Primer on College Student Mental Health

This report is the product of a year-long partnership between NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the American Council on Education, and the American
Psychological Association focusing on student mental health issues. Responding in part
to President Obama’s call to launch a national conversation to increase the understanding
and awareness about mental health, the partnering organizations, in collaboration with the
lead authors, advisory committee, editorial group, and the organizations and institutions
they represent, reviewed trends in college student mental health and sought out examples
of practice that contribute to student well-being. We know that mental health continues to
impact students in course learning and campus engagement. It is our collective hope that
through increased awareness and collaboration, institutions of higher education can continue
to serve all students and support their learning and development.

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