Universities around the country are experiencing a mental health crisis. Nationally the average enrollment in universities has gone up 5.6% and counseling center utilization has gone up 29.6%. University counseling centers struggle to meet the demand for their services. When students are not able to get the help they need, it can lead to serious consequences. In fact, the second most frequently cited reason for dropping out of college is a mental health concern. The good news is that with treatment, students can overcome their mental health concerns and go on to live successful lives.
The Ball State Counseling Center provides individual psychotherapy, group therapy, psychiatry, and campus-wide training to the Ball State community. These services are provided to students free of charge and there is no university fee to cover the cost. The Counseling Center continues to see an ever-increasing number of students requesting services that sometimes lead to long waits for services. In the last couple of years, the Counseling Center has worked hard to decrease wait times and increase services to students. In fact, over the last 5 years the Counseling Center has seen a 36% increase in the number of students seeking service, yet the wait times have been cut in half and the number of therapy appointments doubled. The Counseling Center continues to develop new programs to address the mental health needs of the Ball State community, but your support is needed. Please help us fund these innovative programs.