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HPPR Health, Education & Welfare

When It Comes to College Mental Health Services, Texas Falls Short

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College can be extremely isolating and stressful. Some students begin drinking too much or turn to drugs, and some even consider suicide. When Texas students find themselves in dire straits, their options are limited.

The counseling centers at Texas universities are understaffed. According to KERA News and The Texas Tribune, many counselors say they’re frustrated by their inability to reach students.

Texas doesn't set aside money for mental health services, and lawmakers have announced plans to limit tuition hikes. That means universities won’t be receiving money for counselors anytime soon.

By the standards of the International Association of Counseling Services, every school in Texas is understaffed. The group recommends one full-time counselor for every 1,500 students.