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Posted inCampus Mental Health, Health & Welfare

Interactive map: Mental health services across the University of Wisconsin System

This interactive map summarizes mental health services at the 13 four-year campuses in University of Wisconsin System. Click on each campus to view a window with a campus-specific summary. Information was obtained from open records requests, interviews of counseling staff and extensive reviews of the campus counseling centers’ websites.

Posted inCampus Mental Health, Education, Health & Welfare

Gaps persist in campus mental health services

A decade ago, Thomas Murphy was a college dropout who used alcohol and drugs to deal with undiagnosed depression. Therapy made the difference for him. But he can’t receive it at school. When he re-enrolled at UW-Madison and went to the counseling center, he walked out with no appointment and a list of referrals.

Murphy’s story underscores a national dilemma: a surge in students seeking intensive counseling and psychiatric care, which college mental health centers often lack resources to provide.

Posted inEducation, Health & Welfare

At UW-Stout, ‘obsessive’ data crunching to save — and improve — lives

The University of Wisconsin-Stout had a problem, counseling director John Achter told the student association last year. Twenty-two percent more students were seeking counseling services than ever before, forcing patients to wait up to 26 days to be seen.

Presented with those numbers, the association designated enough money for Achter to hire a new counselor. But some UW counseling centers don’t track even basic information on patients.