To the Editor:
I am writing about the need for funding of mental health services at our state community colleges. Mental health issues are on the rise among youth, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Many of our community colleges have only one councilor per thousands of students.
Capital Community College currently provides no mental health services to its population of over 2,000 students. Asnuntuck Community College also refers its students elsewhere for services.
As a graduate of Tunxis Community College, I can attest to the fact that my access to school counselors during the height of the pandemic was what kept me in school and gave me the coping strategies I needed to get through a challenging time. I am currently in school to obtain my Bachelors in social work, in large part thanks to the support of mental health services at my former community college.
Community colleges are woefully underfunded and understaffed in the area of mental health services. I urge those who can to write or call your legislators to advocate for funding of mental health services at our state and community colleges.
Tunxis Community College alumnus