The rate of college students seeking counseling for depression and anxiety is rising, according to a report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, and students are questioning the role of universities in providing mental health services.
The University refers students struggling with mental health to Counseling and Psychological Services, a division of Campus Health that offers mental health assessments, several types of counseling and private counseling referrals. CAPS has received more attention from students in the last several years as organizations like student government have pushed for greater mental health awareness on campus.
Students have had mixed responses about the effectiveness of CAPS as well as what its role should be at a major university.
Spencer Mamo, a UNC junior, believes the University will never be able to provide enough lasting support for students with the current model CAPS provides.
“The University's job isn’t necessarily to look out for the mental health of its students,” Mamo said. “So many of the issues we face, like the somewhat toxic rise of social media, are just going to keep growing, and places like CAPS can’t provide support for every single student when it gets to that point.”