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Mental health is a pervasive and ever-intensifying issue on college campuses. This is true regarding students' mental health issues as well as that of staff members.

Support for these concerns is expected to come from institutions and student affairs departments, and housing departments, in particular, have a significant role to play in it. Still, they cannot carry the sole burden of crisis management and recovery.

Fortunately, despite the fact stigma remains, current and upcoming generations continue to see increased acceptance of mental health support. If the campus housing profession is to support its community members, it will require establishing reasonable work responsibilities and expectations and creating environments that produce the desired outcomes while offering workforce support for personal decision-making about well-being as individuals and as teams

Because mental health is unique to each individual working on campus, housing departments must allow for a range of options and opportunities for staff to meet their needs. To address this issue at its core, housing departments must explore their infrastructure and make the necessary alterations to provide care and become more expansive and embedded in staff training and professional development.

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