Drury University has announced a partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health to offer students expanded access to mental health treatment and services.
Burrell will maintain a staff member at the school’s Panther Clinic for at least 20 hours a week to help the existing two full-time counselors that work in the clinic.
“The national conversation around mental health has helped reduce the stigma attached to seeking professional help, especially for younger generations,” Dr. Tijuana Julian, Executive Vice President and Dean of Students at Drury, said in a statement. “That means more students seeking counseling services. We’ve long had a commitment to serving this need and we’re pleased to find new ways to help our students find a better balance in their lives.”
The services at the Panther Clinic are available to any full-time students in Drury’s residential undergraduate program at no cost. Students may also have five visits per year with mental health professionals in the Burrell system at no cost.
Mental health needs on college campuses has increased significantly since 2009. Studies show that use of mental health services for depression by college students has increased by 30 percent. A Pew Research Center study found that 70 percent of teens say depression and anxiety are major problems for teens.
“Both Burrell and Drury believe this partnership is a great way to help students reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues among the college population,” Burrell Vice President, Integration Dustin Brown said in a statement. “Our goal is to remove barriers to access by integrating onto campus and seamlessly linking Drury students and staff to healthcare providers and behavioral health leaders. We are so excited to help increase behavioral health treatment on the Drury campus and create better paths to care in the student community.”