University 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. University Student Mental Health brings understanding and clinical acumen to bear on the complex problems of this vulnerable group.
Part I: Overview
Chapter 1. Mental Health and the University Student
Chapter 2. Creating a Culture of Belonging, Respect, and Support on Campus
Chapter 3. Strategies for Excellence in Student Health Programs
Chapter 4. Burnout and Self-Care of Clinicians in Student Mental Health Services
Part II: Life Transitions and the University Student Experience
Chapter 5. Student Self-Care, Wellness, and Resilience
Chapter 6. Adaptation and Stress
Chapter 7. A Developmental Perspective on Risk Taking Among College Students
Chapter 8. Friendships and Romantic Relationships of College Students: Where Their Lives Are Lived
Chapter 9. Family Relationships During the College Years
Chapter 10. Distress and Academic Jeopardy
Part III: Caring for University Students With Mental Health Issues
Chapter 11. Psychiatric Evaluation of the Young Adult University Student
Chapter 12. Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 13. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders
Chapter 14. Alcohol and Substance Use and Co-occurring Behaviors
Chapter 15. Eating Disorders and Body Image Concerns
Chapter 16. Stress and Trauma
Chapter 17. Sleep Disorders
Chapter 18. Intervening Early in First-Episode Psychosis in a College Setting
Chapter 19. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Chapter 20. The Suicidal Student
Chapter 21. Response to Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault
Chapter 22. Brief and Medium-Term Therapies at Student Health Centers
Chapter 23. Innovation and Technology and Student Well-Being
Part IV: Fostering Mental Health for Distinct Student Populations
Chapter 24. First-Generation College Students
Chapter 25. Students of Color
Chapter 26. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning Students
Chapter 27. Transgender Students
Chapter 28. Student-Athlete Mental Health
Chapter 29. Military and Veteran Students
Chapter 30. Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
Chapter 31. Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows
About the Editor:
Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D., M.A., is Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.