Harvard University Professor Reveals Mental Health Crisis
On Nation's College Campuses

SPARTANBURG, SC
Psychiatrist and chief of mental health service at Harvard University, Dr. Richard Kadison, will be on the University of South Carolina Upstate campus on Thursday, March 24 to discuss findings from his book entitled, College Of The Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis And What To Do About It. This event is hosted by the College Town consortium, a collaboration of the institutions of higher education in Spartanburg County – Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, the University of South Carolina Upstate and Wofford College.

Written for parents, students, college counselors, and administrators, College of the Overwhelmed is a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems.

“USC Upstate is extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Kadison’s expertise and stature to speak to our staff and faculty about issues that our students may be facing,” said Leon Wiles, vice chancellor for student and diversity affairs at USC Upstate. “This seminar is designed to enable us to recognize the issues and to more importantly, be able to address them for the benefit of the students.”

According to Wiles, other colleges and universities in Spartanburg and the Upstate will be invited to attend. Kadison will give the keynote address from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center Theatre. From 1:30 to 3:00, Kadison will address the College Town faculty in the Nursing Auditorium.

Kadison’s book is filled with insights and stories about the current mental health crisis on our nation's campuses and offers a hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment; an examination of the effects of such commonplace stress factors such as: identity development, relationships, sexuality, roommate problems, academic pressures, extracurricular demands, parental expectations, and racial and cultural differences that affect self-worth.; personal stories of students under stress and describes how they overcame a variety of problems; and the warning signs and symptoms of common problems, including depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors, and suicide.

Recent studies have shown a high incidence in mental illness among college students and, just as alarming, a lack of understanding of this problem among administrators and parents. This book details the warning signs of mental health problems, and offers solutions for administrators and counselors who deal with these issues. But College of the Overwhelmed is perhaps most valuable for shedding light on the subject from a different perspective: that of the students themselves, who explain the pressures they experience and how they learn to cope.

For more details, please call (864) 503-5107 or visit www.uscupstate.edu/overwhelmed/

College Town Contact:

USC Upstate
(864) 503-5210


2/24/2005




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