Community College Student Awareness of Mental Health Problems and Resources

  • Robert A. Dobmeier The College at Brockport, State University of New York
  • Michael T. Kalkbrenner The College at Brockport, State University of New York
  • Tausha L. Hill The College at Brockport, State University of New York
  • Thomas J. Hernández The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Keywords: community college, mental illness, campus services

Abstract

An exploratory survey study assessed community college student awareness of signs, risk factors, and resources for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The majority of the participants reported adequate awareness of mental disorders. Females were more likely than males and sophomores were more likely than freshmen to recognize signs and risk factors of mental illness. Half of the participants were unaware of campus mental health resources. Strategies for increasing student awareness of mental health problems, counseling, and other campus resources for mental illness are presented.

Author Biographies

Robert A. Dobmeier, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the College at Brockport, SUNY. I teach students who are pursuing a Master's degree in College, School, or Mental Health Counseling. I have published previously in the CSPS-NYS Journal of Student Affairs.
Michael T. Kalkbrenner, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Michael Kalkbrenner is a master's level student in the Mental Health Counseling program.
Tausha L. Hill, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Tausha Hill is a master's level student in the College Counseling and Student Affairs program.
Thomas J. Hernández, The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Dr. Thomas Hernández is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counselor Education.
Published
2013-11-27
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