Student Mental Health on Campus: A Review of Claims

Risk Research Bulletin | October 2018 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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About This Resource

An increasing number of college students have reported that their mental health issues—often anxiety, depression, or both—affect their academic work. United Educators (UE) reviewed and analyzed 223 claims related to student mental health from a five-year period to understand key data points and derive lessons based on allegations by students that their own mental health condition resulted in improper actions against them by the institution.

Review the claims study and its supplemental resources to learn how to respond to these challenges on your campus. This report focuses on key data points and lessons from general mental health claims (above) and claims involving suicidal students (below).

Key Findings

Student Mental Health Infographic

Deaths by suicide accounted for 56 percent of the claims. General mental health claims accounted for 57 percent of the claims with losses. Download these infographics for more data highlights and lessons from the claims review:

Key Findings From General Mental Health Claims »
Key Findings From Claims Involving Suicidal Students »

An In-Depth Look at Claims Involving Suicidal Students

UE’s review of 223 claims related to student mental health showed that suicide-related claims were among the most frequent and costliest. Claims Involving Suicidal Students takes a targeted look at suicide-related claims.
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Supplemental Resources

Use these resources to learn more about addressing student mental health challenges on your campus.

  • Scenarios: Mental Health Claims: These scenarios illustrate the types of problems that can arise and common mistakes institutions make. Use them to review your management of risks associated with students facing general mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts.
  • Checklists: Evaluating Your Mental Health Policies: Use these four checklists to assess the soundness of your institution’s policies and practices for medical leave and return, standards for medical or clinical programs, and postvention plans.
  • PowerPoint: Insights From Insurance Claims: These slides, which include key data and lessons learned from the claims, are designed to support an instructor-led workshop or presentation on student mental health.
  • Podcast: In this Prevention and Protection podcast episode, Alyssa Keehan, director of risk research, interviews Heather Salko, senior risk management counsel, about the student mental health claims study.

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