I feel that University of Michigan is providing the bare minimum of what is necessary for the prevention and treatment of mental health. There are many more resources that U of M could supply regarding mental health. In lecture, the topic of dropping out of college because of mental health reasons struck me a little. I remember Carrie indicating that because University of Michigan has a numerous amount of people that are on the waiting list, it is easy to replace someone who drops out. I felt a little uneasy about this because it seems as if the University of Michigan can be a little insensitive to those who drop out because they people waiting to replace them. At the same time, I feel that if faculty/staff, or anyone involved, knew the reasoning behind a student dropping out of U of M (mental health, addiction , etc.), then they would cater to that student’s needs in the best way they could.
In terms of prevention and treatment, C.A.P.S. is almost always encouraged to go when someone is having issues with mental health. I’m sure C.A.P.S. is a great resource, but it is not available all the time, so there should be alternatives. Placing a counselor in the residence hall could be very beneficial, and maybe even training Residential Advisor on ways to prevent or treat mental health with students. I also think having more safe spaces around campus, or in residence halls, could allow for students to feel comfortable discussing mental health. Many students feel that they are alone when struggling with mental health, and safe spaces could give students the opportunity to communicate with other students who are also dealing with mental health issues.
Mental health is a topic that needs to be discussed in high school, maybe even as early as middle school. High school can very stressful students, and learning how to manage stress and cater to one’s mental health could possibly prepare high school students managing their mental health in college. This could, perhaps, improve future college students’ mental health, and lower the dropout rate.
Outside and in college, the world is very competitive. Sometimes people find themselves competing over how stressed they are. “I am so stressed about my Chemistry exam.” Then another person comes along and says, “You don’t even know what stress is, wait until you get to Orgo.” Either way, both students are stressed. This competitive nature could damage their mental health by making it seem like their stress is nothing to take seriously because another student has “more stress.” We should definitely reduce this stigma of competing over whose stress level, or mental health, is worse, and maybe this could improve mental health among college students.