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A proposal to use a ‘stepped care’ model for mental health services on campuses is well-intentioned, but has some serious pitfalls for those in immediate distress.
The Stepped Care 2.0 program, launched by the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre at Memorial University, is aimed at providing efficient care that reduces wait times for mental health services. The model sends students through chronological levels of care that build in intensity and cost depending on the severity of the issue they are dealing with.
This model frees up resources for students who may not require psychiatric care and acknowledges that not every mental health issue needs the exact same type of treatment. By not treating every situation in the same way, Memorial’s system sees the benefit for both intensive therapy and online counselling sessions.
Although this has the potential to open up mental health resources, there are still some serious issues…
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