4 Reasons to Screen Students for Eating Disorders
Screening for mental health issues, like eating disorders, can provide a number of benefits for students on your campus.
- You can show students that mental health is a priority: Having an eating disorder screening on your counseling center website helps students confront the decision about seeking help. In fact, in a report from NAMI, students with a mental health condition listed having an online mental health screening on the counseling website as one of the top five reasons they felt their school’s counseling website was helpful.
- You can motivate peers to become allies for wellness: It can be difficult to distinguish whether a friend’s behavior or eating patterns are worrisome but taking a screening on behalf of a friend or peer can help students feel more comfortable approaching someone about their concerns.
- You can raise awareness and educate students: Holding an awareness and screening event creates a visible reminder to students about the importance of their mental health. It provides a great opportunity for students to meet counseling center staff and to learn about the signs and symptoms of disordered eating.
- You can save a life: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness but getting help early on increases the likelihood of making a full recovery. Providing screenings for eating disorders can serve as a warning to students and can connect them to treatment before they reach an advanced stage.