We should keep this in mind the next time Yale students want to influence a policy debate.

Yale Daily News reports:

Yale to expand mental health services to meet rising student need

Doctor Paul Genecin, the director of Yale Health, recently provided students with an update on the services provided by Mental Health and Counseling (MHC), which is led by Dr. Lorraine Siggins.

Genecin said that MHC would be substantially expanding its capacity through the addition of four new clinicians, including three new psychiatrists. The new staff will join Yale Health this summer.

“In addition to enlarging our clinician staff, MHC will meet the growing need for services by continuing to refer some patients to community psychologists and clinical social workers through the Yale Magellan Mental Health network,” Genecin said. “Students may access this network of psychotherapists by referral from Yale Health.”

Genecin said the steps taken by Yale Health were due to the continuing increase in student demand for mental health services. The number of students seeking appointments at MHC increased by 11% in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“By the end of this year, MHC will have provided care to more than 3,400 students, representing a 15% increase compared with last year,” Genecin noted. “Yale’s increases are part of a national trend; counseling centers at colleges and universities across the country are experiencing a similar pattern of rising demand — in part for the good reason that there is decreasing stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.”