American Sociological Association

Supporting Student Mental Health

Mental health challenges among college students are common. About 20 percent of students – both undergraduate and graduate – report being diagnosed with anxiety or depression (National College Health Assessment 2017), and mental health support systems on campus are straining to meet the growing demand for services (Chronicle of Higher Education 2016). How can faculty members and department leaders do a better job supporting students in need? Sociologists Shirley Leyro (Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Mental Health First Aid Trainer) and Yvonne Vissing (Professor at Salem State University and National Alliance on Mental Health Trainer) will share strategies for responding to students and explore proactive ways that faculty members, departments, and institutions can support student mental health.