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Medical News & Perspectives
June 6, 2007

Campus Tragedy Prompts Closer Look at Mental Health of College Students

JAMA. 2007;297(21):2335-2337. doi:10.1001/jama.297.21.2335

The pattern has become as consistent as the perennial rhythm of mortarboards and commencement speakers. As spring arrives, so do the phone calls. Richard Kadison, MD, chief of mental health services at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass, fields about 20 to 30 calls every spring and summer from parents of incoming students concerned that a son or daughter will need help from the university to maintain psychotherapy sessions or obtain refills of psychiatric medications.

“I’m delighted when I get called in the spring,” Kadison says. “I congratulate [parents] for calling and encourage them, whatever is working [for their child], to continue that and to make contact with us early in the fall when they arrive.”