USG working to improve student mental health services


Olivia Craft, Enterprise Managing Editor

ATLANTA—The University System of Georgia (USG) plans to ensure every student has access to some variety of mental health support. 

In August, Governor Brian Kemp said he was allocating $11.5 million to support student support services and mental health. 

The USG appointed a Mental Health Task Force to decide where the money should be invested. After setting aside $8 million to expand clinical resources, the rest will go to a long term mental health plan for all 26 USG institutions. 

Expanded resources consists of every student having access to over-the-phone psychiatric support and counseling services as well as increased in-person availability, a 24/7 hotline, and well-being support groups.