May is officially recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month (also simply “Mental Health Month”) in the United States. First championed in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month is designed to draw attention to mental illness and spread awareness about mental health treatment and support.
According to statistics released by the National Institute of Mental Health and National Alliance on Mental Illness, roughly 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness in his or her lifetime. More troubling, the average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and actual treatment is around 10 years.
If you need help — or if you know a friend or loved one in need — we encourage you to take advantage of one of the many resources provided below.
Student Counseling and Psychological Services
Augusta University is committed to the development of the whole person.
Therefore, a highly trained and experienced counseling staff is available to help students with a variety of difficulties that might impact not only a student’s academic work, but overall sense of well-being. Student Counseling and Psychological Services provides direct psychotherapy services, assessment of academic problems, and (with student consent) collaboration with faculty, administrative personnel, or parents to provide necessary supports for struggling students. Psychiatric consultation is also available. Learn more about Student Counseling and Psychological Services.
Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation (CARE) Team
Augusta University’s Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation Team (CARE) specializes in helping faculty, staff and students in distress to find the support and resources they need to cope with mental health or emotional crises.
Watch to find out more about the CARE team, and learn how to show faculty, staff and students you care by submitting an official CARE report.
“Question, Persuade, Refer” Suicide Prevention Training
The Dental College of Georgia took a massive step to make sure its students get the best mental health care possible. To make sure none of their students ever felt like they had nowhere to turn, DCG invested in “Question, Persuade, Refer” (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training for all of the college’s faculty, staff and employees. Watch to find out how a simple, hour-long training session can make a world of difference in the life of a student.