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Thursday, January 9 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Engaging the Non-Help-Seekers: Novel Approaches to College Student Mental Health

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Promoting the mental health and wellness of the campus community is beyond the scope of any single department.  No matter how innovative, inclusive, or engaging a college counseling department is, there are many students who could benefit from treatment who are unable or unwilling to seek it out.  As such, it is important for student success that we engage students in mental health treatment outside of the counseling office.  

Research has found that individuals with mental health and substance use disorders are often more likely to seek out services from a primary care provider than specialists and often do not identify mental health or substance use as the primary problem for their visit. 45% of people who die by suicide have been found to have visited their primary care provider within a month of their death.

Student Health Services identifies students in need Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) and initiates them in the Collaborative Care Model (CCM) of integrated mental health care without students ever needing to seek out services or wait for an appointment for an initial visit. This care model capitalizes on existing university mental health and medical staff to meet the needs of students.

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Lisa Park, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Student Health Services

Rachel Wernicke, PhD

Associate Dean & Chief Mental Health Officer, University Life

Chris Rzengota, LPC

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Clinician, Student Health Services

Thursday January 9, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm EST
Johnson Center, Room E