Chapter 14. Using a Public Health Approach to Address Student Mental Health

  1. Jerald Kay MD Professor Chair3 and
  2. Victor Schwartz MD University Dean of Students4
  1. Laurie Davidson MA Campus Program Manager1 and
  2. Joanna H. Locke MD, MPH Program Consultant2

Published Online: 6 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch14

Mental Health Care in the College Community

Mental Health Care in the College Community

How to Cite

Davidson, L. and Locke, J. H. (2010) Using a Public Health Approach to Address Student Mental Health, in Mental Health Care in the College Community (eds J. Kay and V. Schwartz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, East Medical Plaza, 627 S. Edwin Moses Dr, Dayton, OH 45408, USA

  2. 4

    Yeshiva University, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 500 W.185th St., New York, NY 10033, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02458, USA

  2. 2

    The Jed Foundation, 220 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746189

Online ISBN: 9780470686836



  • public health approach - addressing student mental health;
  • “intervention” - activity, policy, practice, or service designed to result in some change in people;
  • core focus of public health - preventing health problems and promoting health in the overall population;
  • mental health promotion - focusing on well-being as an end;
  • preventing mental disorders - efforts to reduce risk conditions for a mental illness; the incidence, prevalence, and recurrence of mental disorders;
  • comprehensive prevention approach - universal, selective, and indicated interventions;
  • key step in building momentum - establishing mental health task force;
  • identifying problems and setting goals - basis for choosing programs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A public health approach to campus mental health

  • Building momentum and infrastructure

  • Thinking and planning strategically

  • Strategies for promoting mental health and preventing suicide among college students

  • Conclusion

  • References