The Rise of Mental Health and the Effectiveness of Resources Available on College Campuses

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Mikkelson, Annika
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Leadership Studies
The Leadership Studies Program provides a strong foundation of coursework and experiences for undergraduate students who seek to study, understand and apply the principles of leadership in their current activities and, eventually, in their careers.
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Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The Symposium provides undergraduates from all academic disciplines with an opportunity to share their research with the university community and other guests through conference-style oral presentations. The Symposium represents part of a larger effort of Iowa State University to enhance, support, and celebrate undergraduate research activity.

Though coordinated by the University Honors Program, all undergraduate students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Symposium. Undergraduates conducting research but not yet ready to present their work are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the presentation process and students not currently involved in research are encouraged to attend the Symposium to learn about the broad range of undergraduate research activities that are taking place at ISU.

The first Symposium was held in April 2007. The 39 students who presented research and their mentors collectively represented all of ISU's Colleges: Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Design, Engineering, Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate College. The event has grown to regularly include more than 100 students presenting on topics that span the broad range of disciplines studied at ISU.


Mental Health illnesses affect millions of people across the world. It is increasingly prevalent on college campuses across the United States. The transition to college can be overwhelming especially when adding in all the stressors that come with the college experience. In my research I will survey and interview college students as well as mental health professionals at Iowa State University to see the scope of mental health issues on a college campus. I am also looking at the availability of resources for students with mental health issues and how effective and frequently those resources are sought out. The extensiveness of mental health issues on college campuses will be measured by studying the frequency of behaviors and feelings in college students that are typical indicators of mental health illnesses. In preliminary research I found how mental health is stigmatized and the effect that has on willingness to seek out help or treatment. Many campuses have ample resources available to students suffering from mental health issues but are rarely used due to the perceived public stigma by their peers. In my research, I will look at

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