Identifying and Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Online Students in Higher Education

Distance Education Report

Every higher ed administrator knows that mental health services are becoming increasingly important on-campus. Fewer know that they are also important for students who study primarily or entirely online. Writing in the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Bonny Barr of Creighton University says, “Providing online student services is an important component of these distance programs and is often required by accrediting bodies. Health and wellness services for online students are especially essential, as college students are accessing mental health services at increasing rates on college campuses.”

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