Dr. Diane Anstine and Dr. Carly Drake explained mental health benefits on college campuses
Researchers have studied college students’ mental health for decades. Even in the 1920s, it was clear that the many stresses of higher education – like academic demands, post-graduation plans and financial concerns – wear on students. This stress can incite new mental health concerns and worsen existing ones, such as anxiety and depression. Sleep disturbances, restlessness, irritability and even feelings of hopelessness can make college feel harder than it already is.
For all of these reasons, it pays to take campus design into consideration when selecting a school. Campus design affects the college experience, and students can choose a campus or change their existing routines to support their mental health. Such consideration is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when new rules and norms have left many students more anxious and depressed than normal.
North Central College’s Dr. Diane Anstine, dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, and Dr. Carly Drake, assistant professor of marketing, authored an article in The Conversation, where they discussed five things to consider in campus design to aid in mental health.