How Peer Counseling Can Address Barriers to Student Mental Health

When Dr. Sarah Lipson, a Boston University Professor and Associate Director of the Healthy Minds Network, worked in higher education as residential life staff, she soon found that mental health problems on college campuses were more prevalent than commonly thought. “Mental health was the biggest barrier to students thriving in college, both academically and socially.”

While her introduction to the student mental health epidemic occurred over 15 years ago, mental health issues on college campuses have continued to grow, exacerbating college resources, and have led to a dangerous treatment gap which has only been amplified by the pandemic. Colleges have attempted to address this treatment gap in past years; however, one solution that is often overlooked takes the form of peer counseling.

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