The chapter authors address life transitions and the university student experience, as well as the challenges of caring for university students with mental health issues. The book has positive strategies, including ways to foster mental health for distinct university student populations.
Student Mental Health: A Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Leaders Serving in Higher Education is the result of a sustained and multidisciplinary collaboration of scholars, leaders, clinicians, and educators who are deeply committed to student health and well-being. The needs of young people today are quite different from those of even 5 years ago, and this book pays great attention to the specific issues encountered in caring for today's students who experience distress or develop significant mental health conditions. Such issues, including suicidality, newly emergent psychosis, problems associated with substance misuse, the health risks of eating disorders, and the devastation of sexual assault, can challenge even the most experienced clinician. These topics and others related to safety, respect, conflict, and connection on campus, as well as students' evolving relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners, are covered with sensitivity and skill.
The book offers many features that deepen awareness and enhance learning:
Chapters offer student case examples that illustrate the concepts and strategies discussed in the text, allowing readers to readily apply their newly acquired knowledge to real-life scenarios. The experiences, mental health, and well-being of distinct, vitally important, and often overlooked student populations, such as student athletes, graduate students, students of color, LGBTQ students, students who are the first in their families to attend college, students who are veterans or active military, and medical students, are addressed. Positive self-care -- for both students and the clinicians who work with them -- is emphasized. For example, activities and habits related to sleep, nutrition, and exercise are outlined in hopes they will become lifelong self-management strategies for students, while effective measures to prevent emotional exhaustion in clinicians are also highlighted in the text. Chapters incorporate features designed to promote learning: Key points offer quick summaries of chapter content; recommendations serve as reminders for best practices; and discussion questions provide thought-provoking approaches to the material for the reader's further reflection, development, and improvement.
At a time when students -- whether in college, graduate school, or professional training -- are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and distress, the need for guidance that is comprehensive, compassionate, constructive, and culturally sensitive has never been greater. Student Mental Health brings understanding and clinical acumen to bear on the complex problems of this vulnerable group.
ContributorsForeword Preface AcknowledgmentsPart I: OverviewChapter 1. Student Mental Health Chapter 2. Creating a Culture of Belonging, Respect, and Support on CampusChapter 3. Strategies for Excellence in Student Health Programs Chapter 4. Burnout and Self-Care of Clinicians in Student Mental Health ServicesPart II: Life Transitions and the Student ExperienceChapter 5. Student Self-Care, Wellness, and Resilience Chapter 6. Adaptation and Stress Chapter 7. A Developmental Perspective on Risk Taking Among College StudentsChapter 8. Friendships and Romantic Relationships of College Students Chapter 9. Family Relationships During the College Years Chapter 10. Distress and Academic JeopardyPart III: Caring for Students With Mental Health IssuesChapter 11. Psychiatric Evaluation of the Young Adult University StudentChapter 12. Mood and Anxiety Disorders Chapter 13. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders Chapter 14. Alcohol and Substance Use and Co-occurring BehaviorsChapter 15. Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns Chapter 16. Stress and TraumaChapter 17. Sleep DisordersChapter 18. Intervening Early in First-Episode Psychosis in a College Setting Chapter 19. Autism Spectrum DisorderChapter 20. The Suicidal Student Chapter 21. Response to Survivors of Campus Sexual AssaultChapter 22. Brief and Medium-Term Psychosocial Therapies at Student Health CentersChapter 23. Innovation, Technology, and Student Well-BeingPart IV: Fostering Mental Health for Distinct Student PopulationsChapter 24. First-Generation College StudentsChapter 25. Students of Color Chapter 26. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Students Chapter 27. Transgender StudentsChapter 28. Student-Athlete Mental HealthChapter 29. Military and Veteran StudentsChapter 30. Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows Chapter 31. Medical Students, Residents, and FellowsIndex