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Mental Health Highlights at Board of Trustees Meeting

Bloomington, IN (August 13, 2015) – Today the Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) President, Anne Tinder, presented in front of the Board of Trustees at their August meeting held in Bloomington before the start of the 2015-2016 academic year. The presentation called for better student access to and awareness of mental health services to ensure a successful college experience.

A big focus of this year’s IUSA administration is mental health services. Each student has two CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) counseling sessions included in their health fee. However, many students are unaware of this resource. Another issue with the current state is the lack of sessions offered in languages other than English.

“College is a huge transition for domestic and international students alike. Providing good, accessible mental health services is a responsibility of the university in order to ensure happy, healthy students who are able to socialize, attend classes, and graduate on time,” as Tinder said.

This is especially applicable to students coming from abroad, first-year students, or those with different backgrounds and experiences than their counselors. Having access to a counselor that can transcend those language and cultural barriers can be a great support.

While CAPS provides great services, it would be beneficial to the student body to have foreign language counselors and a better system for utilizing the sessions. In our role, IUSA will strive to work with CAPS on marketing and outreach efforts.

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