By Megan Thielking

February 8, 2017


Colleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in

demand for mental health care - leaving students stuck on waiting lists for

weeks, unable to get help.


STAT surveyed dozens of universities about their mental health services.

From major public institutions to small elite colleges, a striking pattern

emerged: Students often have to wait weeks just for an initial intake exam

to review their symptoms. The wait to see a psychiatrist who can prescribe

or adjust medication - often a part-time employee - may be longer still.