Withers, R. (2012). The necessity for mental health services for graduate level counseling students: A review of the current literature. [Website article]. Retrieved from http://www.counselinginsite.com.
As a population, graduate students in almost any discipline can benefit from appropriate mental health counseling resources provided either directly by the university they attend, or indirectly, through a third party agency. Oswalt and Riddock (2007) found in one study that almost 75% of graduate students surveyed at a large university in the southeast suffered from moderate to severe stress as a result not only of their graduate work, but of other factors such as marriage, finances, and work. Stress is to be expected, and stress can have adverse affects on a student’s mental health. However, for those studying mental health counseling, poor mental health is as much a stumbling block to professional efficacy as is poor grades or a poor performance in a practicum. While other disciplines can perhaps separate academic achievement and mental health, the two should be considered linked in the field of mental health counseling. What then, are counseling programs doing to ensure that their students utilize counseling services for both personal and professional growth.