Athens, Ga. —The University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine is partnering with Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) to help reduce student’s stress levels.
Working together, the goal will be to teach stress management and work-life balance skills to graduate students, UGA reports.
According to the Big Ten Student Suicide Study, graduate students have the highest rate of suicide among all college students. A 2004 paper by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center says graduate students use mental-health services on campus more than undergraduate students.
Higher stress levels and suicide rates for graduate students can be attributed to a more challenging curriculum and higher tuition, says Kelly Case-Simonson, assistant director of consultation and outreach at CAPS. Pending resources, CAPS plans to expand its services to more of the university's professional schools.