Hire more mental health professionals available to UCSB students

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Alyssa started this petition to UCSB Counseling & Psychological Services

Unfortunately, mental health issues like anxiety and depression are treated less seriously on college campuses than physical health issues, which results in a lack of funding for psychological services. UC Santa Barbara's Counseling and Psychological Services (C.A.P.S.) provides mental health support paid for by tuition, which is an excellent resource in desperate need of expansion.

C.A.P.S. is simply not well-staffed enough to meet the ever-increasing demand for accessible, on-campus mental health services. According to a Daily Nexus article published in September, linked below, "[C.A.P.S. Director Brian Olowude] noted that while staff had increased by 50% over the last five years, “initial contacts” with students had increased 127%." I propose that C.A.P.S. should increase staff by at least an additional 50%.

I see this issue in my daily life, as my peers wait weeks for open appointment slots, an issue exacerbated by the already brief ten-week quarter system. Seeking off-campus counseling services can be extremely expensive, not to mention inconvenient. Hiring more mental health professionals will result in a happier, healthier student body and communicate that the university takes the health of each individual seriously. 

http://dailynexus.com/2019-09-26/for-many-access-to-mental-health-resources-starts-in-college/

 

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