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Friday, January 29, 2016

College Mental Health Kiosk Helps Students

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Mental illness affects millions of Americans, left untreated mental health disorders can be severely debilitating. What’s more, mental illness that goes untreated can lead people to have suicidal thoughts, and every year many succeed in committing suicide. At college campuses across the United States there are thousands of students suffering from mental illness, many of whom do not seek help which can be a dangerous decision. While mental health problems have less of a stigma than they once had, there are still a number of people who fear how they will be treated if others know about their condition.

In an attempt to encourage students to seek help, Drexel University has set up a mental health kiosk where students can receive the aid they require, reports NBC King5. The MindKare kiosk fields questions about what students are experiencing to determine if they may have a problem. The kiosk will provide phone numbers and locations of where the can receive help if needed. Paul Furtaw, PsyD, Associate Director of Counseling at Drexel University in Philadelphia points out that:

“They (students) worry that they’ll be seen as crazy, lazy, stupid, or bad, those are the things they tell us when they finally make it there, and I waited too long because this place means that I have a problem.” He adds that: “Having the kiosk, they get to take charge of it, that information is known only to them, it’s totally confidential, totally anonymous, it’s free, it’s quick.”

The MindKare kiosk is the first of its kind in the United States and hundreds of students have already taken advantage of the service, according to the article. It is great that students are seeking help, especially when you consider many people self medicate with drugs and alcohol which only makes their problem worse and it is estimated that one in 10 college students have seriously considered suicide.

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