PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News) – Following Monday’s suicide at Brigham Young University, students and faculty have turned their attention to mental health resources on campus; some students say they just aren’t sufficient.
Alyson Adams is an Elementary Education major.
“While I think its great that BYU is talking about mental health and has a lot of great initiatives right now, they are talking about it in the terms of we need to love everyone, but to be honest there are so many other factors that go into why people commit suicide,” said Adams.
She explained that it can take three weeks or more to get an appointment at the on-campus counseling center.
Adams said, “I feel personally frustrated because they were able to raise 100 million dollars for the new engineering building but we don’t have the funds to get more counselors immediately?”
School spokesperson Todd Hollingshead said, “We have seen the feedback from our students, from online, and from professors and we know that this is an important issue.” He explained that the counseling center has submitted a proposal to hire more therapists but it is a long process.
The Counseling and Psychological Services team released a letter saying in part, “To try to meet the increasing number of students seeking counseling, the university has increased the number of full-time therapists from 27 to 29 in the past four years.”