While mental health has always been an issue on college campuses, University officials say the number of reported incidents is on the rise.
Dean of Students Jonathan Sauls said mental health issues are being reported more frequently than in the past, but that the number of reported cases doesn’t necessarily mean the issues are becoming more prevalent.
Sauls attributed the rise in part to an increasingly open culture surrounding treatment of mental illness.
“People are now coming to campus with more preparations for their mental health,” he said. “These therapies are helping people come to college that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.”
“We don’t want people to think of these issues as stigmas,” Sauls added.
The issue of mental health most recently surfaced at the University with the death of graduate student Hana Staub, who committed suicide two weeks ago.
Her father, Jacob Staub, said last week that his family did not want to hide his daughter’s suicide.
“It has become an epidemic,” he said.
Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs, said deaths like Staub’s are the University’s major worry in the realm of mental health.