Mental Health Update

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October 18, 2022

10/25/2022 – New Stories About Mental Health and College Summit


On October 14th MHANYS in conjunction with Siena college, held a landmark symposium on college mental health. With legislators, policy makers, academics, students, colleges and mental health providers and advocates in attendance, there was a robust conversation about what are the key factors around mental health in colleges. Among the key pieces discussed was the idea of a universal policy for leaves and absences that treats mental health concerns similar to physical health concerns,  the importance of peer support in colleges, better mental health education in schools and development of pipelines for graduating high school seniors around a mental health career track in college.

 We will be providing a full recording next week.

We were very appreciative of the over hundred people in attendance including Assembly Higher Ed Chair, Deborah Glick, Assembly Higher Ed Committee Members, Assemblymembers Pat Fahy and John McDonald, OMH Commissioner, Dr. Ann Sullivan,  State Education Deputy Commissioner, William Murphy and SUNY Student Advocate and Executive Director of Opportunity Programs, Cheryl Hamilton.

We also wanted to thank Siena college for their partnership with us in this endeavor and finally thanks to our team at MHANYS for their usual great job especially our Public Policy Director,  John Richter who has led our policy agenda around mental health on college campuses.

 Listed below are links to news stories about the summit.

News10: https://www.news10.com/top-stories/siena-mhanys-hold-mental-health-forum/

Spectrum News: https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2022/10/15/mental-health-summit-highlights-rising-needs-among-students

CBS6: https://cbs6albany.com/news/crisis-in-the-classroom/summit-aims-to-tackle-growing-mental-health-crisis-at-colleges


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