Study: Investing in college student mental health pays off



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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new study shows that more California college students are seeking mental health treatment — and that's a positive trend according to the authors.

Researchers from the nonprofit RAND Corporation report in the study published Thursday that the proportion of students at the state's public universities and community colleges increased by more than 10 percent between 2013 and last spring.

During that time, county governments directed a combined average of $8.7 million a year to campuses for outreach campaigns to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and to train faculty and staff to recognize students who may need help.

The RAND researchers estimate that 329 more students will graduate each year as a result of such interventions, yielding a "societal benefit" of up to $56 million a year through the graduate's increased earning power.

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