Erin Blasko | October 20, 2020
The University of Notre Dame has been awarded $2.5 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to advance a holistic approach to student mental health that promotes well-being, resilience and restoration for students and caregivers alike.
The grant is part of Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, a $108.2 million Lilly Endowment initiative aimed at helping the leaders of Indiana’s 38 colleges and universities plan for and address future challenges and opportunities.
“Mental health problems affect thousands of college students each year, contributing to growing rates of anxiety and depression among all young adults. This is especially true now, with the added stress and anxiety of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “This generous grant from Lilly Endowment will help us to increase access to mental health services across campus, so that every Notre Dame student may thrive.”
Student mental health is a key challenge across higher education. Surveys indicate as many as one in three college students experience a mental health condition serious enough to require counseling. One in four adults ages 18 to 24 considered suicide in June, according to a CDC survey.
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