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Medrano 1Shayrin MedranoProfessor KetaiEnglish 1A21 May 2019Lack of Mental Health Services for Low-Income StudentsI am one of many students who suffers with anxiety while attending college. Inoticed while attending college I would get anxiety attacks. I spoke to one of my professorsabout the issue and they suggested to visit the campus mental health center for information.Although I was informed that the services could be provided, there was an extensive waitlist. Research studies show that there are many institutions that lack the mental healthservices for students who are low-income. There is an increasing number of collegestudents who struggle with mental health problems are at the forefront of a wider demandfor psychiatric care by universities, colleges and healthcare facilities. According to Dr.Nancy Roy, a professor at Yale University and Dr. Laura Braider, a professor at HofstraNorthwell University, there are reports of an increasing numbers of college students whostruggle with mental health problems. The university and college advice and health centersthat meet increased requirements for psychiatric treatment are at the forefront. Roy andBraider state, “94% of college counseling center director report a substantial increase in thestudents seeking treatment for more severe psychological problem. Unfortunately, only60% of colleges and universities have a psychiatrist on staff at their health counselingcenter” (Roy and Braider 1). With that being said, that means that the schools that doproved mental health services only have one “psychiatrist on staff” and sadly out of all theinstitutions, only 40% don't even have a health center on campus. Therefore, legislators
Medrano 2should ensure that institutions have access to resources that support mental health forstudents and those who come from low-income families.The lack of communication between staff on campus and students will jeopardizethe quality, and stability for the student while they face the increasing demand forpsychiatric services. According to Roy and Braider, they mention that “When a studentneeds hospitalization, he or she is frequently transported by ambulance with policepresence, which often occurs in front of peers’” (Roy and Braider 2). Feeling embarrassed,Students arrive in at the emergency department, which can be filled with patients withserious mental illness and can be traumatized by this experience. These experiences canfrighten and overwhelm students, which can lead to their premature release, by retractingcomplaints about suicidal thoughts and plans. This means that students feel separated andisolated on the unit.Facing the lack of health services in colleges is not the only problem low-incomestudents go through, but the effects of poverty on families and students are “extraordinarilycomplex” (Hodgkinson 1). Living in a poor and low-income homes are an alarming eventthat many Americans will experience over the years. The fact of living in a poor or low-

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