Enhancing Student Mental Health Support to Prevent Stop-Out @ Oklahoma City Community College

Strategies from OCCC’s Evolving Counseling Services Delivery Model 

June 25, 2024 @ 12pm EST

Billions are spent on student support resources every year, focused mainly on financial and academic needs, yet many students still face hardships affecting their mental well-being.  

The depths of mental health challenges have become so severe that it impacts students’ ability to persist. 55% of community college students cited emotional stress with 44% noting personal mental health reasons as the second biggest reason for withdrawing, according to this Gallup and Lumina Foundation report: Stressed Out and Stopping Out: The Mental Health Crisis in Higher Education.

Preventing stop-outs doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. How can we foster supportive ecosystems and implement a philosophy of care that is tailored to each student’s needs, without financial waste?  

Join us for a conversation with Chris Snoddy, Associate Vice President, Student Success and Kevin Eddings, Director, Student Accessibility and Support about Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) philosophy of care for their more than 12,000 students and the evolving counseling center delivery model that supports it. 

As a 100% commuter campus with a rapidly growing online student population and reduced counselor staffing within Counseling Services, Oklahoma City Community College has invested in a flexible care model to support the mental health of all OCCC students.  

 By attending the webinar, you will: 

  • See how OCCC integrates flexible and personalized care as core tenets of its philosophy of care and delivery model to promote mental health and a sense of belonging 
  • Learn how BetterMynd’s differentiated model provides students with free and highly personalized online therapy that meets their unique needs, while preventing financial waste for colleges and institutions 
  • Discover best practices to boost persistence by addressing the top two barriers that students identify as reasons for dropping out – emotional stress and personal mental health concerns 
  • Have the opportunity to ask Chris and Kevin questions during Q&A

Additional data on Mental Health and Its Impact on Persistence from the Stressed Out and Stopping Out: The Mental Health Crisis in Higher Education report by Gallup and Lumina Foundation. 

  • 1 in 3 adults currently enrolled struggle to persist primarily due to mental health issues 
  • Emotional stress ranks as the third most significant barrier for students halting their education, with 37% marking it as a “very important reason” for their non-enrollment status. 
  • Personal mental well-being holds the seventh position, with 33% considering it a “very important reason” 
  • 55% of 18- to 25-year-olds and half of 26- to 35-year-olds not enrolled attribute their absence to mental health challenges or emotional strain. 

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Chris M. Snoddy

Associate Vice President, Student Success

Kevin Eddings

Director, Student Accessibility and Support