Mental Health on Campus: Reshaping Higher Ed to Help Students Thrive

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As mental health issues become more prevalent on college campuses, universities are looking for new ways to keep up with student need for care and support. Experts from the University of Michigan School of Public Health come together to assess the state of mental health on campuses nationwide and the ways higher education can reshape learning environments to nurture and empower diverse student populations and, in turn, set them up for healthy lives.

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In This Episode

Traci CarsonTraci Carson

PhD Candidate in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health




Daniel EisenbergDaniel Eisenberg

S. J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy

Dr. Eisenberg is a health economist who studies investments in young people’s mental health. His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. He directs the Healthy Minds Network, which focuses on mental health and service use in college populations.

Sara AbelsonSara Abelson

PhD Candidate in Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Sara has dedicated her career to transforming schools to support student mental health. She is a co-investigator and lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion projects with the Healthy Minds Network and a PhD candidate in public health at the University of Michigan. Her research investigates the impact of higher education policies on student mental health, with a goal of identifying opportunities to improve health equity. As vice president at the national nonprofit Active Minds from 2008–2016, Abelson created a network of student leaders and programs that are improving mental health on college campuses across the country.

Will HeiningerWill Heininger

Program Coordinator, University of Michigan Depression Center





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