GS students follow trend of increase for mental health treatment since 2019

Morgan Bridges, Print Managing Editor

Students are seeking more assistance for their mental health since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s new: A study by the CDC found that the percentage of adults getting mental health treatment from 2019 to 2021 rose from 19.2% to 21.6%.

  • The group who sought out mental health treatment the most were those aged 18-44, at a rate of 23.2%

Why it matters: Georgia Southern continues this trend of increase for mental health treatment among young adults, per numbers from the Counseling Center. 

  • From 2019 to 2020, students attended a total of 8812 appointments.
  • From 2020 to 2021, students attended a total of 9031 appointments.
  • From 2021 to 2022, students attended a total of 9344 appointments. 
  • The number of clinical appointments listed includes all intakes, individual counseling, Same-Day Solutions, emergency contacts, and case management sessions.   

Lauren Patterson, Associate Director of the Counseling Center, explained that these numbers also factor in a number of changes within the University in the past 2 to 3 years. 

  • “During that time we have increased the number of clinicians on staff, began offering telehealth in addition to in-person services, and expanded our urgent services,” said Patterson. “All of these things could also contribute to the increase demonstrated.”