In a survey given to counseling center directors of colleges and universities, the mean student-to-counseling-staff ratio at colleges and universities
was 1,737:1. Smaller institutions
had smaller ratios, on average (705:1 at schools smaller than 1,500
students), while larger institutions had larger ratios (2,624:1 at schools
with more than 35,000 students).
Institutions are struggling to keep up with the growing problem. One staff member shouldn't be induced to taking care of the well being of almost half, or even all, of the entire student population at any college. Below shows the certain things that counselor directors observed in students.
Students emphasized the critical need for the following services and supports to be available on campus:
- Mental health training for faculty, staff and students
- Suicide prevention programs
- Peer-run, student mental health organization
Mental health information during campus tours, orientation, health classes and other campus-wide events
- Walk-in student health centers, 24-hour crisis hotlines, ongoing individual counseling services, screening and evaluation services and comprehensive referrals to off-campus services and supports
Below shows the certain things that counselor directors observed in students.