Amy Gatto is interested in the relationship between health and education. Blending together her experiences as a former high school teacher, higher education health educator, and young adult health researcher, she has found a niche in working to improve adolescent and young adult mental health at Active Minds. Amy is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida in the College of Public Health, holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Elon University.
Student mental health remains a top priority for college and university administrators, faculty, and staff. Since prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many administrators, faculty, and staff members have been seeking to identify ways to better support students at their institutions. A May 2022 survey by the Gallup and Lumina Foundation found that nearly three-fourths of students in a bachelor’s degree program considered taking a break from their academic studies due to emotional distress. Currently, multiple resources are available to learn more about the current state of student mental health, including CITI Program’s Understanding and Addressing Mental Health on Campus: Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Education | CITI Program webinar.
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