Two friends of mine recently went to the counseling center. One was immediately given referrals elsewhere. The other was seen for about twenty minutes and was then done because he wasn't "in a state of crisis". Our counseling center does not have the resources it should have! They don't have the capability to see students regularly unless they are in crisis, but so many students are left without help because of this, and they end up becoming those students in crisis because they didn't get help sooner. Any time a person makes an appointment, they are actively trying to better their mental health. Not everyone can afford to see outside services. Our counseling services NEED an increased staff, increased resources, and overall a larger capacity to meet with students who desperately need support.
That you for your post! Mental health and increased resources has been an initiative of ours this year and we will try our best to begin these conversations over the counseling center.