How to support mental well-being at our institutions

George Mason University is looking to better model how colleges and universities can support mental health in higher education.


Reported by Education Dive, with 40% of incoming freshman reporting feeling overwhelmed, up from 28% in 2000, George Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being is doubling down on mental health services, including streamlining counseling centers, de-stressing services and other well-being initiatives.

The takeaway? We often focus on a student’s academic barriers, but quite often, there are other stressor barriers in the way. And to help our students successfully persist, we better work toward solving for those as well.

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.