The 2021-2022 New Hampshire Higher Education Summit Series continued on April 19 with a session “Meeting the Moment: How NH Colleges Can Strengthen Student Mental Health and Resilience.” NHCUC was joined by Ethan Fields and Erlinda Delacruz from the Jed Foundation to explore the challenges facing today’s college students and discover strategies to bolster resilience and support students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Ethan and Erlinda shared what the data is telling us about student mental health right now. The data presented underscores the need for increased resources and strategies to mitigate the challenges that prevent students from succeeding, which have been further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Student mental health is a critical issue facing all colleges and universities and is an important topic among our colleagues here in NH, across New England and our country,” said Keene State College President Melinda Treadwell, Ph.D in her opening remarks.
Erlinda and Ethan also highlighted the importance of a comprehensive approach rooted in an equity framework. This perspective ensures that the needs of students who are potentially marginalized and/or underserved due to societal and structural inequities and campus-specific community demographics are intentionally considered to better support their mental health and wellbeing.
Learn more and view the presentation slides here.
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