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Colleges Students Seeking Counseling In Ever-Increasing Numbers Because of Encouragement

Colleges Students Seeking Counseling In Ever-Increasing Numbers Because of Encouragement

It isn't a lack of resilience or coping skills or helicopter parents that's driving the numbers of students seeking mental health services way up on college campuses.

Rather it's because, from an early age, students have been educated to get counseling help for issues such as suicidal thoughts if they need it. But colleges just haven't had the resources to keep up with that growing demand.

"Demand for services is increasing in counseling services for many reasons, but primarily because we asked for it," Ben Locke, director of the Center for Collegiate Health at Penn State University, said Tuesday at a symposium on college mental health organized by UConn President...

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