According to a NAMI 2020 study, 73% of students reported to have had a mental health crisis while at college. Today, we are joined by the Executive Director of Integrated Enrollment Services at the University of Houston, to discuss the pressing topic of mental health on college campuses. Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal fills us in on the positive generational changes he’s observed, with the normalization of mental health conversations among young people. The stigma around mental health issues is steadily disintegrating and more and more people are able to recognize and seek support for their struggles. We discuss the ways in which the pandemic has affected the prevalence of mental health issues among college students, and the astounding support systems in place in higher education facilities. As parents, it can be challenging sending your child off to college, especially if they have a history of mental health issues, and in this episode, we cover the ways in which you can continue to support your child on their journey! More than that, we delve into the importance of normalizing the need for students to take a break and how to help them reintegrate into their learning environment while they’re in recovery. Furthermore, you’re bound to hear some profound insights into Patrick’s Ph.D. topic: diversity and mental health! For all of this and so much more, tune in with us today! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Patrick Lukingbeal’s professional background and why he’s so passionate about educating others about mental health.
  • The mental health concerns and support efforts on college campuses pre- and post-Covid.
  • What college campuses are doing to address the prevalence of suicide.
  • The positive and negative effects of parents legally not having access to students’ records.
  • How to navigate parents’ lack of access and come to an agreement ahead of time.
  • What’s contributing to the increase of involvement in mental health programs on campuses.
  • How social media is creating awareness and normalizing mental health conversations.
  • The benefits of the prevalence of resources available to young adults about mental health.
  • Patrick’s findings when doing his Ph.D. on diversity and mental health correlations.
  • The risk factors that might prevent someone from seeking help.
  • What higher education facilities are doing right in terms of inclusivity.
  • Why the need for students to take time off for their mental health should be normalized.
  • The importance of providing students with a roadmap back into their course.
  • The most common reason people don’t seek help.
  • The positive effects of seeking support and treatment.
  • The support systems available on campuses for students in recovery.
  • What parents can do to support their child in college regarding mental health.
  • The true role of college counseling centers: brief intervention.
  • What gives Patrick hope about the new generation, in terms of resilience and normalizing mental health conversations.


“We see nationally now an increase in depression and anxiety rates because of Covid.” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:04:56]

“There definitely seems to be a difference between students that were in college before Covid and students that are in college after Covid.” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:05:22]

“Generationally, now more and more students are coming having sought some sort of treatment or support and are coming to universities and saying, ‘This is what I’ve received before, what can you provide me now?’” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:16:06]

“Therapy and mental health support is not just for people that have an ongoing crisis, or when something is wrong, but all of us can benefit from it.” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:17:34]

“Overall, we have done a really good job in higher education of really throwing the gates open and saying, ‘Anyone that is anyone should have access to higher education and we need to make sure that our resources and our support services for mental health match that.’” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:24:26]

“The more that we can train people to be aware of the signs and symptoms and be able to get someone to professional help, the better.” — Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal [0:31:33]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Dr. Patrick Lukingbeal on LinkedIn

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

UH Wellness

Cougars in Recovery

John Shiflet on LinkedIn

Mosaics of Mercy


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