FSU should allocate more funds towards mental health resources on campus

FSU should allocate more funds towards mental health resources on campus

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Over the past few years, the topic surrounding mental health and mental illness has become more normalized to talk about. Prior to the 2010s, mental health was a very taboo topic that was typically swept under the rug until it became an obvious issue. Over the past year or so, mental health has become a huge focus for many people since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Being stuck inside with no idea of what the future holds has been detrimental to the health of so many, especially college students. PewResearchTeam found that 7 out of 10 Gen Z and Millennials reported having mental health issues. Many young adults said that they felt weighed down by their mental health. They also found that more than half of the Gen Z survey population self-reported that they adequately manage their stress and, yet, almost a quarter of them reported that they felt stressed nearly every day. In response to this evident need on FSU’s campus, there are a number of resources available to students for free. These include but are not limited to counseling at the FSU counseling center, psychoeducation workshops, WellTrack (a Self-Help Interactive Therapy program), and the victim advocacy program. Unfortunately, there is a significant disconnect between students and the resources available to them. 

NoleYourResources aims to provide further awareness of the resources here at FSU and advocate for more money from the university to be allocated to mental health resources. Awareness will not solely fix the growing mental health issue on FSU’s campus. The resources provided by Florida State are currently limited. For example, students can only have a small number of free counseling sessions, and appointment times are few in-between. The process of actually finding the right counselor and getting to meet with them more than a couple of times is not possible for many students due to the counseling center’s limited availability. Studies have shown that consistent therapy will dramatically increase an individual’s benefit compared to isolated sessions.With all of this in mind, our overall goal is to get FSU to prioritize mental health as much as they do physical health. 

We want to get FSU officials' attention to allocate more money towards mental health resources on campus. Sign our petition today because we prioritize your mental health, and FSU should too!

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