A Growing Crisis
Mental health is becoming a growing crisis among college students that is impacting their academic and co-curricular success. The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated and accelerated that crisis. In our 2021 Fall Survey in which over 7,700 students responded, 33% identified emotional stress as the top reason they considered dropping out in the past six months. Mental health constitutes one of the single greatest issues facing students and their postsecondary success today.
During the 2021 legislative session LeadMN worked with legislators to introduce and pass the MN College Mental Health Awareness Act, but more needs to be done.
- Minnesota State's supplemental budget request for state funding for a mental health support platform for students to receive professional and peer to peer support that is available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, expanded telepsychiatry services on a system wide scale, and expanded mental health training opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
- State funding to provide expanded counseling services at every Minnesota community and technical college.