Title

Perceived Barriers to Mental Health Services in Salem, Oregon Comparative to Western Oregon University Students

Date

5-31-2018 10:00 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 10:30 AM

Location

RWEC 101

Session Chair

Dean Braa

Session Title

Research and Praxis in Sociology

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Maureen Dolan

Abstract

This paper examines the question on mental health supports in a college campus setting and the capital city Salem, Oregon. The focus has been on the mechanisms of access and barriers to mental health services. The research design included interviews, surveys, and an analysis of the history of resource availability. This included data collection from students, professionals from the Student Counseling Center, and the Oregon Health Authority and citizens of Salem, Oregon. The research collected from the college campus reflects the results of a college student’s barriers as well as supports available collected from the Student Counseling Center. In Salem, Oregon the research collected was that of the barriers of an average Salem resident, with a focus on the Oregon Health Plan and its services and access. Results indicate an increase of supports in both campus and city populations but a continuing deterrent effect of stigma. This was especially reported from campus students. The small but notable differences were the financial and access barrier that Salem residents expressed were still overwhelmed by the resulting layer of stigma reports.

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May 31st, 10:00 AM May 31st, 10:30 AM

Perceived Barriers to Mental Health Services in Salem, Oregon Comparative to Western Oregon University Students

RWEC 101

This paper examines the question on mental health supports in a college campus setting and the capital city Salem, Oregon. The focus has been on the mechanisms of access and barriers to mental health services. The research design included interviews, surveys, and an analysis of the history of resource availability. This included data collection from students, professionals from the Student Counseling Center, and the Oregon Health Authority and citizens of Salem, Oregon. The research collected from the college campus reflects the results of a college student’s barriers as well as supports available collected from the Student Counseling Center. In Salem, Oregon the research collected was that of the barriers of an average Salem resident, with a focus on the Oregon Health Plan and its services and access. Results indicate an increase of supports in both campus and city populations but a continuing deterrent effect of stigma. This was especially reported from campus students. The small but notable differences were the financial and access barrier that Salem residents expressed were still overwhelmed by the resulting layer of stigma reports.