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Mental Health Concerns
The involvement of persons with mental illness and their
family members in all aspects of planning, organizing,
financing and implementing delivery of services results in
more responsiveness and accountability and far fewer
Students may at times need a medical leave of absence from
college to focus on self care and recovery and to prepare
themselves to return to an academic setting. This can be a
tremendously helpful option for some students and one that
faculty might suggest and support.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Advocate E-Newsletter,
The Jed Foundation: With help from organizations like this,
the cultural shift—from a treatment-only to a broader public
health model—is happening at colleges all across the
I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help: Helping the Seriously
Mentally Ill Accept Treatment, 2nd ed. Amador, Xavier. 2007.
Adapted from information from the National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)