© 2024 KALW 91.7 FM Bay Area
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Your Call

Covid magnified a growing mental health crisis for college students. How are administrators & community groups responding?

On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on mental health by discussing the increasing challenges facing college students. Colleges across the country have lost students to suicide during the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, suicide was the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults in the United States.

Young adults are also experiencing high levels of depression and anxiety. What's the most effective way to talk about and address these issues? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800.273.8255. Someone is always available to talk.


Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, Professor of Health Policy of Management in Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA and director of the Healthy Minds Network for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health

Dr. Michael Gerard Mason, Associate Dean and Director of the Luther Porter Jackson Black Cultural Center at the University of Virginia

Web Resources:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800.273.8255 - someone is always available to talk or chat online

The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives - 24/7 talk, chat, or text

College Student Mental Health Action Toolkit

Journal of Adolescent Health: Countering the Troubling Increase in Mental Health Symptoms Among U.S. College Students

NPR: Colleges are turning to science to limit suicide contagion and help heal campuses

American Public Media: Under Pressure: Inside the college mental health crisis

The New York Times: Another Surge in the Virus Has Colleges Fearing a Mental Health Crisis

Care for Your Mind: It Takes a Campus

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.