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Calif. students access mental health services; boosts economy




College life and studying can cause mental distress for some students; increasing funding on campuses across California appear to help those in need
College life and studying can cause mental distress for some students; increasing funding on campuses across California appear to help those in need
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Investment in student mental health services in California is paying off, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.

Since 2011, the California Mental Health Services Authority has targeted funding on student-centered programs, including suicide prevention and tackling depression.

The cash injection appears to be having a positive impact; the number of students accessing mental health services has increased by 10 percent in the last year.

Researchers also found an uptick in graduation rates among students seeking help, which, it's thought,  could be good news for the future of the economy and wider society.

For more on the study, Take Two's A Martinez  spoke with report author and RAND senior scientist, Bradley Stein.

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