ED191W Final Essay - Stones article Mental Health Policy in...

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Stone’s article Mental Health Policy in Higher Education focuses on addressing the problems of mental health care on college campuses. Stone believes new policies must be enacted into place including new partnerships with other departments in order to increase awareness and “infusing college mental health education throughout the campus environment. Such points of an infusion to consider include orientation and workshops for students, faculty, staff, and administrators”(Stone, 2008, p. 498). Stone also believes universities should “conduct a national field study of campus mental health on selected campuses, with special attention focused on policies, protocols, and practices used in addressing violence and student suicide” (Stone, 2008, p. 498). Stone focuses solely on policy changes and on community awareness, and therefore neglects to address individual, environmental, and systems change. Stone’s How Good is Mental Health Care on College Campuses? also addresses some similar concerns about mental health in universities. Stone’s recommendations include developing “a mental health information and data based system” and conducting “a national field study of mental health on campus”(Stone, 2000, p. 510). Other goals addressed by Stone include the use of the DSM-IV in diagnosis, as well as formal referral services, and treatment plans. Stone’s policies address what is currently lacking within therapeutic services in higher education. However, it does not address the need to spread awareness to students or to decrease the stigma that surrounds mental health. The suggestions only include new policies and systems change within therapeutic services, but lack to address how to
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