Current Psychiatry Reports

, 21:111 | Cite as

Recovering in Place: Creating Campus Models of Care for the High-Risk College Student

  • Marcia R. MorrisEmail author
  • Nora I. Feldpausch
  • Melissa G. Inga Eshelman
  • Bettina U. Bohle-Frankel
Complex Medical-Psychiatric Issues (MB Riba, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Complex Medical-Psychiatric Issues


Purpose of Review

Over the last decade, the number and severity of mental health problems among college students has continued to rise. Universities are struggling to dedicate enough resources to meet the mental health needs of students. In this article, we review on-campus innovative programs designed to promote recovery in high-risk college students.

Recent Findings

Colleges respond in a variety of ways to students on campus with serious mental health problems, from encouraging or requiring students to take a leave of absence, to creating treatment programs and reducing course loads to treat in place. On-campus programs that address the needs of high-risk students can include post-hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient groups, and specialized treatment for diverse populations such as athletes.


Some universities are developing unique programs that enable high-risk college students to recover on campus. More research is needed to determine how best to deliver this care.


College mental health High-risk college student Campus models of care College suicide Post-psychiatric hospitalization Recovery 



The editors would like to thank Dr. Victor Hong for taking the time to review this manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Marcia R. Morris, Nora I. Feldpausch, Melissa G. Inga Eshelman, and Bettina U. Bohle-Frankel declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcia R. Morris
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nora I. Feldpausch
    • 2
  • Melissa G. Inga Eshelman
    • 3
  • Bettina U. Bohle-Frankel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine, Student Health Care Center Psychiatry at the Counseling and Wellness CenterThe University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Fort CollinsUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, Counseling and Mental Health CenterThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  4. 4.Counseling and Psychological ServicesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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