Kansas colleges see a rise in cost of mental health care for students

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November 22, 2019 - 3:35 PM

In the past year, the University of Kansas saw a 64 percent increase in students seeking mental health treatment for the first time. It's part of a statewide and national trend of college students experiencing more mental health issues. NOMIN UJIYEDIIN / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

When Dan Hoyt started graduate school at the University of Kansas in 2016, he knew he had anxiety and depression. He worried about being able to find a job after graduation. And, sometimes, he couldn’t get through his assigned reading.

“When you have anxieties, that gets impossible,” he said. “I’ll think about the same things over and over and over again.”

But when he reached out to KU’s counseling services, he was told he had to wait five months before he could get an appointment with a therapist at the Lawrence campus. And getting there from KU’s Overland Park campus, where he took classes, complicated things.

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