Colleges and universities across North America continue to see an increase in the number of students seeking mental health services and well-being support on campus. Institutions have invested in additional staff and services, but demand continues to rise.
In response to this demand, many campuses have invested in self-serve mental health resources and supports outside of the counseling center. However, it can be difficult to get students to use these resources. Progressive student affairs teams recognize the need to connect students with a wide range of resources at the level that best suits their needs.
Vanderbilt University noticed individual therapy in the counseling center translated to waitlists and difficult discussions about the kinds of concerns clinicians should prioritize. Prior to their reorganization, Vanderbilt‘s counseling, health, and well-being centers all functioned independently, particularly when it came to scheduling appointments. To address the increasing demand for mental health and well-being services and drive utilization of non-clinical resources, Vanderbilt University created the Student Care Network.
Read about the Student Care Network and how students access holistic care through Vanderbilt’s centralized model.