Students At Blue Ridge Community College Essay

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Students at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) face the same dilemma as many other college students across the country – having readily available, and easy access to, campus-based accommodations and mental health services. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), over the years, the number of college students suffering from anxiety, depression and/or stress has risen significantly. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that on college campuses, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems. Kimberly Alters addresses the problem in an article for The Week, in which she points out that students who struggle from mental health issues are more likely to drop out of school, have emotional and physical problems, or worse, commit suicide. In financial terms, this can cause the college to spend money on hiring additional counselors, as well as the loss of potential tuition and future alumni funds/connections.
For many students, campus life can be an overwhelming experience. Glen Martin, a staff psychologist at Berkeley claims that emotional support animals can be an asset to students. Some animals can be trained to respond to specific needs such as a panic attack, or alerting a student of missed medications. Which is why many colleges across the country have begun to adopt policies that allow, and even encourage, students to bring with them emotional support animals (ESA). This practice is not reserved…

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