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UW Workgroups to Improve Student Mental Health Services

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Created: July 11, 2019 05:17 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System officials plan to create workgroups to develop recommendations on how to better serve students with mental health needs.

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The system says student visits to campus counseling centers have increased 55% since 2010. According to data from the National College Health Assessment, 23% of system students reported begin diagnosed with or treated for depression in 2015 and 27% reported being diagnosed with or treated for anxiety.

System officials presented the Board of Regents with a plan Thursday that calls for creating three workgroups that will assess student needs and existing on-campus services. The workgroups will begin developing recommendations for improvements early next year and present a formal report by April.

New regents President Drew Petersen has made improving student mental health services one of his top priorities.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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