Link:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surging-demand-for-mental-health-care-jams-college-services/  

 

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.