Offering mental health services to online students

Can we do a better job offering mental health services to our online students?

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, many institutions are seeing up to 50% increases in their on-campus students seeking appointments for psychological services. But how can we address these same challenges for our online student populations?

Post University, for example, is now offering online mental health screenings, which provide next-step local counseling suggestions based on the screening results.

The takeaway? In-class faculty may find it easier to spot student struggles based on visible behavior, but how do we train our online faculty to similarly spot issues – either based on discussion posts, emails, or the results of similar screenings to make sure our students get the support they need?

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.