Rowan University students call for greater mental health resources on campus

Students at Rowan University are asking for more mental health resources following the death of a student who died by suicide last week.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2021, 1:38 AM

Updated 890 days ago

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Students at Rowan University are asking for more mental health resources following the death of a student who died by suicide last week.
Students have erected a memorial on the campus in Glassboro to remember the student. They are still reeling from the death.
“I saw a lot of students angry about it because it’s just another one that occurred here,” says student Ryan Clare.
Three Rowan students died by suicide in the fall of 2019. This most recent death has inspired Clare and other students to ask for change. They held a rally earlier this week highlighting the discrepancy between the time it takes students to get help.
"Every student that wants to see a counselor, we get them in right away. We go through and take an assessment on them and we create a plan of care based off the THRIVE model,” says Scott Woodside, the director of the Rowan University Wellness Center. “Not every student meets the criteria for therapy. Some we refer out. Some we take in and some we refer to groups."
But Clare says that the school is not doing enough.
"Based on the many reports I've heard from other students, that is not true. There is a waitlist and a very long one unless you're in a dire crisis but then it's potentially already too late,” he says.
Students say they'd like to see a better wellness center, more services offered, more counselors and more transparency from the university when things like this happen. The student government association and the university says they are listening.
“We are a direct line to those administrators and if students really want to have a positive change on campus, then we’d be able to help them,” says SGA president Matthew Beck.
Woodside says the school is adding two more counselors.
"We are adding two more counselors in part due to the wellness fee that was passed around that same time, which supports a lot of things related to mental health in terms of health care,” he says. “We are adding more and expanding the number of counselors dedicated to crisis and supporting students who are in crisis.”
Students have created an online petition asking for a change in mental health resources. It has more than 2,000 signatures.


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