Every college should offer mental health services. Maybe this seems like a foregone conclusion. But in a recent survey by the California Health Report, as well as findings by experts, 19 of the 114 community colleges in California were found to have no mental health services on campus. By itself, this is worrisome, but it is even more so when one takes into account that California Health Report found that “students who attend community colleges are at higher risk for mental health issues.”
The crux of the issue is that due to the way that community colleges are funded, establishing a health service is optional for community college districts. But consistently optimal mental health is not a given. Therefore, there should be contingencies at every college for students that are struggling.