Texas schools lag in basic mental health services

Not the most positive article for UH, but the school isn’t alone in Texas when it comes to this. My one recommendation for anyone that is contemplating suicide, please go to the Emergency Room at that point instead of waiting on a mental health professional. While mental health professionals can help, most of them do not have the resources/schedule to deal with the situation and will forward you to an ER anyway.

Texas schools lag in basic mental health services

Students and counseling center directors say the wait time for an appointment can often range two to three weeks at the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas Austin, Texas State University, Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas, particularly during high-stress times like midterm and final exams. (If a student is in crisis, they can be seen immediately, all the universities said.)

Each school is understaffed by the standards of the International Association of Counseling Services, which recommends college counseling centers have at least one full-time professional staff member for every 1,000 to 1,500 students. Those staff members should be counselors providing therapy, rather than interns or psychiatrists, who primarily write prescriptions, said Paul Polychronis, the group’s president. While the ratio is a general guideline, it helps ensure high standards of care, he added.

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