Ozarks Tonight: Impact Summit on College Student Mental Health


SPRINGFIELD, MO — Roughly 30 percent of college students self-report some kind of mental health disorder like anxiety, mood or substance disorder. This according to a 2018 study that looked at 19 colleges in 8 countries including the U.S. 

Coming up on May 1, Missouri State University will be hosting the Impact Summit College Student Mental Health Conference.

Jenifer Abreu talked to Dr. Thomas Lane, dean of students at MSU, and Jessica Allen, a graduate student on the conference advisory committee of the event, about what people can expect. 

At this event, MSU hopes to add to the conversation of mental health in Springfield, raising awareness and erasing the stigma.

Early bird registration deadline is  March 29, 2019. 

For more on the Impact Summit click here. 

Studies show that college students are a key population segment for determining the economic growth and success of a country, so their mental health important.

The college years are a peak period for onset of many common mental disorders, particularly mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders (de Girolamo, Dagani, Purcell, Cocchi, & McGorry, 2012; Kessler et al., 2007)

While timely and effective treatment is important, the number of students in need of treatment for these disorders far exceeds the resources of most counseling centers, resulting in substantial unmet need for treatment of mental disorders among college students (Auerbach et al., 2016; Beiter et al., 2015; Xiao et al., 2017).

For more on the WHO World Mental Health Surveys International College Student Project: Prevalence and Distribution of Mental Disorders study, click here.

Early bird registration deadline is March 29, at the cost of $89 per person.  After March 29, the cost is $109 per person

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