The Heights Editorial Board believes that LOM BC is a promising alternative to an overbooked counseling system.
Lean On Me is currently operating at the University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With an access code, BCWelltrack, students are able to sign up, create an account for WellTrack, and begin a personalized course to improve their mood through working on skills and exercises designed to address anxiety and depression.
“Mental illness is truly an epidemic on college campuses and the need for the administration to address this problem with increased resources is imperative for the health of individual students and the health of the University as a whole.”
University Counseling Services has seen 550 students since the beginning of the school year. This is a 15 percent increase from this time last year.
With University Counseling services receiving an influx of students in the last few years, the Resiliency Project has been implemented to improve mental health among students.
“BC should take the lead among universities in expanding counseling services and rising to meet the demand.”
“By designating funds for these programs BC would demonstrate engagement with students and would help provide much-needed resources for an understaffed UCS and the students who are increasingly seeking its resources.”
On Tuesday evening, UGBC and UCS will be showing Stories of the Mind, a documentary series on mental health set to be released on PBS in 2017.
After the demand on University Counseling Services (UCS) continues to increase, an anonymous donation in combination with an approval from the Board of Trustees for the 2016-2017 budget has allotted the department two additional positions.