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College students are forming mental-health clubs — and they’re making a difference []


Mental-health problems among college students have been climbing since the 1990s, according to the American Psychological Association. And with services increasingly stretched at campus health centers, students have been taking action themselves through peer-run mental-health clubs and organizations. The approach appears to be paying off, a new study finds.

In what they describe as the largest study of its kind, researchers found that across 12 California colleges, such student-run efforts were associated with increased awareness of mental-health issues, reduced stigma and a rise in “helping behaviors.”

“Student-organized activities can improve college student mental-health attitudes and play an important role in improving the campus climate with respect to mental health,” said Bradley Stein, a senior physician policy researcher at the Rand Corp. and one of the paper’s lead authors.

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Unfortunately the most common of these, Active Minds on Campus, is super disease model and does a lot of indoctrination into disease model ideology.  If you notice in the study, the touted improved outcomes are whether students get indoctrinated well enough into disease model ideology, and then are willing to suck other students into the mental health system. 

"Overall, increased familiarity with Active Minds was associated with increases in perceived knowledge (0.40; p < .001) and decreases in stigma over time (−0.33; p < .001). Increased involvement was associated with increases in perceived knowledge (0.40; p < .001) and a range of helping behaviors. Associations differed by students’ baseline engagement with Active Minds. For students with low engagement, increased familiarity with Active Minds was associated with decreased stigma and improved perceived knowledge."

Remember the disease model is not really compatible with trauma-informed care.  if you define stigma as "agreeing with disease model ideology," and define help seeking, as "getting other students drugged and diagnosed,"

yeah...that might be an improvement if the drugging and diagnosing did more harm than good, but it doesn' that's that....

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