Do students need success coaches or therapists?

Do students need success coaches or therapists?

Reported by Education Dive, in a recent survey of more than 45,000 students from public research universities, 1/3 screened positive for major depressive disorder, and nearly 40% screened positive for generalized anxiety disorder.

In even more troubling news, 60% of students in a separate survey said the pandemic has made it harder to access mental healthcare. And while many of our institution’s success coaches are wonderful guides and motivators throughout a student’s enrollment and academic life, professional therapy requires a very different skillset.

The takeaway? Do colleges need to figure out how to prioritize caring for their students’ mental health, now more than ever? And is there a win-win student success reality in doing so?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.