The University of Michigan is one that leads the field in multiple areas such as research and public health but I believe that there is always room for improvement with mental health. The university currently invests a lot of money in services such as CAPS, Wolverine Wellness and SAPAC all of which address aspects of mental health and ways to help with issues that would leave the students grappling with possible mental illness. These mental health services are a great first step and are essential to mental health on campus
With all that being said there is still quite a few issues. One of which is that a lot of students do not know where these things are or even that some of these things exist. For me personally I did not know that Wolverine Wellness did anything with mental health until last week. The university should show students what they need to do to schedule appointments with these places as well as show the students where to go for these places. These small improvements to show the students the accessibility of the mental health resources could help to mitigate the idea that students “do not have enough time to go” to places to CAPS, Wolverine Wellness, or SAPAC.
As for ways to improve student’s mental health outside of the campus, this is difficult to do because the university cannot directly influence this as it can within its own campus. A possible way to make an impact outside of its campus could be to ask the parents of the students to ask their child who is at school about their mental health and how they feel.
How would you improve mental health on our campus? Or do you think that the universities current system is fairly comprehensive?