Mental health clubs…an interesting idea. Colleges and universities are ideal places where such clubs are desperately-needed for the sake of student support, morale and gradually eliminating the stigma that still exists around mental health, preventing many from speaking out and getting the help they need to be able to learn, grow and thrive throughout their lives.
Clearly, things evolve when enough people decide to take a stand and implement changes to current systems and industries (such as education). I think that incentives should be offered to companies and schools that take a positive stand and support employee mental health initiatives. After all, the more that employers, educational institutions and politicians invest in the collective well-being of citizens, the more they’ll save money in the long-run as a result of less missed time at work, increased employee morale and production levels as a direct result.
Hooray to the colleges and universities out there who are deciding to consciously take a stand and start increasing student support programs such as mental health clubs. They are planting seeds of progress.
Study: Student Mental Health Clubs Decrease Stigma
Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 students at 12 California colleges three times during the 2016-17 academic year. The students were asked about their familiarity with Active Minds, a national organization that supports student mental health groups, as well as their thoughts and attitudes on mental health.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ranked students’ engagement with Active Minds on their campus — low, medium or high.
At the end of the academic year, students who were in the low- and medium-engagement groups and became more involved with Active Minds had better knowledge of mental health issues and were less likely to believe stigmas about them, and they were more likely to help other students who were experiencing a mental health crisis.