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PSU Mental Health Report Shows Trauma Counseling Up Among College Students

University Health Services on the Penn State University Park campus provides mental health care for the student population.
Kaitlyn Aguiles
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University Health Services on the Penn State University Park campus provides mental health care for the student population.

The annual mental health report released by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found depression and anxiety beginning to decrease while trauma increased among the concerns of college students. The center’s Executive Director Ben Locke said that’s because more attention is being paid to traumas like sexual assault. 

“As a country, we are becoming more aware of being trauma informed," Locke said, "understanding that when people experience trauma it is life impacting.”

Locke said the demand for counselling for depression and anxiety has taken an interesting turn. 

“Over the last couple of years, the rise in those particular two areas of concern has slowed down,” Locke said.

The report found depression and anxiety are still the top concern. It recommended universities make sure they have enough staff to deal with mental health needs. 

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