Mental health counseling associations: JMU counseling center adapts as more students seek treatment

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Still, he believes the new focus on the most urgent cases optimizes the center’s staff, which includes 13 therapists. Onestak said he’s noticed an increase in cases at JMU that require an urgent need, whether they involve suicidal intent or experience of a traumatic event. According to the center’s records, crisis appointments have increased 856 percent since 2005. The 2017 Annual Report by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health proves this is the case on a national level, showing a 10.2-percent increase since 2010-11 in the number of students seeking treatment who seriously considered attempting suicide. The same study showed a five-percent increase in the number of students seeking treatment after experiencing a traumatic event. 

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