Mental health services demand increases at Iowa's state universities

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) -- Representatives from Iowa's three state universities say the demand for mental health services on each of their campuses has increased dramatically in the last ten years.

Student life and student health officials presented their report to the state regents Wednesday. The Iowa State Daily reports the officials told the board the universities have been struggling to meet the demand. Iowa State's assistant vice president of student affairs said the challenge is that colleges aren't meant to address long-term mental health care. She says the universities can only provide up to 12 sessions for each student.