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Florida: Universities to hire more mental health professionals

Nov 9, 2017, Jacksonville, FL News 4: Universities to bolster mental health services https://www.news4jax.com/news/universities-to-bolster-mental-health-services Spurred by the state Board of Governors, Florida universities will hire 56 mental-health professionals this year and a total of 105 over the next four years. The Board of Governors, which oversees the university system, has been advocating for more mental-health spending from the Legislature over the last two years, with data showing more students need the services and that many students face serious psychological challenges, including stress, anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide. A March report showed 24,700 students used counseling and psychological services at the 12 universities during the 2015-2016 academic year, a 20 percent increase over the prior year. That was a 55 percent increase since the 2008-2009 academic year. …