An ad hoc committee under the auspices of BHEW and in collaboration with HMD, will conduct a study of the ways in which colleges and universities provide treatment and support for the mental health and well-being of undergraduate and graduate students, with a focus on STEMM students to the extent fields of study are available. The committee will:
• Review data and analyze research on mental health services and the students who seek mental health and well-being services on campuses over the last decade;
• Identify and review programs, practices, resources, and policies that institutions of higher education have developed to treat mental health issues and to support well-being on campuses;
• Analyze the challenges institutions face--including financial, cultural, and human resource obstacles and methods to address these challenges;
• Investigate factors related to mental health services and support for student well-being, such as student academic performance, and campus climate;
• Examine, to the extent possible, the relationship between student mental health and well-being, and rates of alcohol and drug abuse, and recommend ways in which institutions can address substance abuse and its effects on campus climate.
The committee will produce a consensus report with recommendations, as well as derivative products that will be broadly distributed on campuses, at professional society meetings, and in other venues.