University of Pennsylvania

A plan for better collegiate mental health care

Often, the most important conversations are the ones we struggle to have. As a community, commonwealth and country, we need to start having conversations about mental health, specifically suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and in 2017, about 47,173 Americans died by suicide, while an estimated 1.3 million Americans attempted it.

I personally struggled with anxiety and suicidal ideation during my freshman and junior years of college and I saw firsthand how broken our mental healthcare system is. Like many students, I was told I had to wait several weeks to make a counseling appointment. The...