Growing demand for behavioral health services overwhelms colleges

From Modern Healthcare:

Aside from the overall increase in cases, the types of psychological and emotional conditions college students are seeking help for have become more serious.

Many schools report a rise in the number of students visiting counseling services seeking help for depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders and sexual assault—issues that often require more comprehensive care than many college counseling services are equipped to handle.

“Most of us were historically trained to deal with kids who have just hit a rough spot—they just had a breakup, or they fail their first class, or they were exposed to things for the first time that they feel has challenged their values,” said Barbara Thomas, director of the counseling and psychological services department at the University of San Francisco. “But that’s a waning population.”

CDC warns a second wave of flu is happening now


Flu season is winding down, but the Centers for Disease Control are warning about a second wave of Flu Virus B, which is happening right now.

The CDC says that B-viruses are being reported more frequently than the A-strain, which had been more dominant recently. A CDC spokesperson says B-strain viruses tend to be more severe for younger children.

Experts say it’s possible for those who have already been sick with the flu to fall ill again with a different strain later in the season.

U.S. teens often ride with impaired drivers

From Reuters:

In a U.S. study, about one-third of young people just out of high school admitted to riding with a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.

That raises their already high risk of being in a crash – not just as a passenger, but later as a driver, too, researchers say.

“Our previous study indicated that exposure to alcohol and drug-impaired driving (meaning riding with a drunk or otherwise impaired driver) was an independent risk factor for teenage DWI,” or driving while impaired, said lead author Kaigang Li, a community and behavioral health researcher at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.