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Chapel Hill, NC: UNC students increasingly depressed; support services "overwhelmed"

May 30 2019, Durham (NC) Sun Herald: With student mental health problems on the rise, UNC must do more to help, study finds Faced with increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thinking among students, UNC-Chapel Hill needs to help reduce the stigma of seeking mental health care, a yearlong study has found. The university also should make it easier for students to get help, including possibly adding a 24-hour helpline; and provide extra support for students who might need to take a mental-health leave from their studies and return later, according to the study. The Mental Health Task Force, created last year, presented its 44-page report Wednesday to a committee of the UNC Board of Trustees at its meeting in Chapel Hill. Erica Wise, professor and director of psychological services at UNC and chair of the task force, told trustees the university has a broad range of professional and student-led support services but they’re being overwhelmed.


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