Resolving Student Mental Health Crisis: Yale Study

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Resolving Student Mental Health Crisis: Yale Study

Introduction

The rising prevalence of mental health concerns among college students requires urgent attention. A study conducted by Yale researchers has identified the efficacy of specific resiliency training programs in mitigating these challenges.

Efficacy of Resiliency Training Programs

The study evaluated three classroom-based training programs, namely:

SKY Campus Happiness

This program, developed by the Art of Living Foundation, employs breathing techniques, yoga postures, social connection, and service activities. It resulted in significant improvements in depression, stress, mental health, mindfulness, positive affect, and social connectedness.

Foundations of Emotional Intelligence

Developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (YCEI), this program fostered greater mindfulness.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

This mindfulness-focused program did not yield any reported improvements.

Impact on Student Well-being

The SKY Campus Happiness program emerged as the most effective in enhancing student well-being across multiple dimensions. Participants reported improvements in:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive Affect
  • Social Connectedness

Addressing the Campus Mental Health Crisis

The study highlights the potential of resiliency training programs to alleviate the strain on campus counseling centers. By equipping students with coping mechanisms, these programs can empower them to manage their mental health independently.

Student Perspectives

Students who participated in the SKY Campus Happiness program attested to the benefits of breathing techniques:

“Now that I have these techniques to help me, I would say that my mentality is a lot healthier,” said Davornne Lindo ’22 B.A.

“I come out of breathing and meditation as a happier, more balanced person, which is something I did not expect at all,” added Anna Wilkinson ’22 B.A.

Conclusion

The Yale study demonstrates the effectiveness of evidence-based resiliency training programs in improving student mental health. These programs can complement existing counseling services, providing students with tools for long-term well-being.

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