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Mental Illness and the Campus Community

Substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and other dimensions of mental illness have reached crisis proportions on campuses nationwide. Suicide is among the top three causes of death among college students. One in three Americans will experience a form of mental disorder at some point in their lives.

Every semester UMBC students drop out of school because they did not find the help they needed to cope with mental illness symptoms. Others chose not to get counseling because they didn't know about privacy rights. Others have misconceptions as a result of the way mental illness is portrayed in the media and in film. Both faculty and students are aware of many cases where students or their friends or family members are currently at risk. INDS believes that UMBC has both the knowledge and resources to improve the mental health of our campus community to make it safer and more productive. What have we learned from the recent tragedies at Virginia Tech and Delaware State?

Mental Health and the Campus Community will be held November 27th, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. The Roundtable features three UMBC faculty from different disciplinary backgrounds and the new Director of Counseling Services. They will address the questions below and issues audience members raise in the question/ answer session. We urge faculty, staff, students and their friends to come. Refreshments will be served.

Dr. J. Lavelle Ingram, Director University Counseling Services

What does the research show about the prevalence of mental illness on college campuses?

What behaviors signal potential danger and what are reasonable responses?

What kinds of support are available at UMBC?

Dr. Carolyn Tice, Associate Dean School of Social Work

How have stereotypes and stigmas associated with mental illness served as a barometer of social awareness and public beliefs?

What has been the role of the media, namely films, in providing stereotypic portrayals or accurate representations of people with mental illness?

Mr. Charles Milligan, J.D., M.P.H., Executive Director Center for Health Program Development and Management

How specific does a threat need to be for a counselor to have a duty to protect a third party?

Should a counselor warn a patient that anything said in a session is usually confidential, but not always, and if the counselor does, then what happens if the patient withholds threatening information from the counselor? How do you balance the goals of the counseling process with the duties to protect the safety of third parties?

Dr. Carlo DiClemente, Professor Psychology Department

What is the overlap between drinking, drug use and mental illness in general and for college age individuals?

How can alcohol and drug use or abuse contribute to emotional problems and mental illness?

What are the differences between drug-induced states and symptoms of mental illness?