AU counseling center plans for higher demand - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

AU counseling center plans for higher demand

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

The Auburn University Counseling Service center, located on second floor of the AU Medical Clinic, has been helping students for decades.

According to the American college Counseling Association, 92 percent of campus counseling centers surveyed in 2012 says the number of students seeking help has increased in recent years.

AU counseling professionals say the demand is no different on campus.

"I've been here for 15 years and each year we've seen an increase in the number of students that we see here and I would say within the last three to four years we've seen a fairly significant increase and there are a variety of reasons for that," explains Dr. Doug Hankes, Director of AU's Student Counseling Service Center.

Reasons for increases in demand vary, but the awareness of mental health on campuses has grown in.

The Center has advertised their services more heavily since campus tragedies, like the murder of AU student Lauren Burk.

"We do respond to these campus crisis, so a lot of the time the services we provide people end up seeing us not right after these events, it's kind of after the shock of these events have occurred," says Hankes.

The highest percentages of students seen are returning military veterans and students dealing with depression and stress related issues.

During the center's busiest time of year a non-emergency appointment could mean a week and a half wait.

In the growing demand for services by students in Auburn, the center is in the process of expanding their facility and hiring more counselors.

"We're pretty much maxed out as far as the number of students we can see, but the University recognizes that increase in demand so we've been given resources to hire a couple more counselors and psychologists so we can meet that increasing demand," explains Hankes.

 Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    After Craigslist scam, man can't enter his own home

    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:29 PM EDT2017-07-23 00:29:14 GMT

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist. As the law stands, because they refuse to leave, Keith Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>

    The people inside rented the home from a mystery person on Craiglist while owner Keith Mills was on vacation.. As the law stands, because the renters refuse to leave, Mills now has to go to court to prove he’s the rightful owner.

    More >>
  • Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>
  • Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Restaurant's policy limits those with kids to one drink

    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 2:50 PM EDT2017-07-23 18:50:46 GMT

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

    More >>

    A long-standing rule at Peddlers Bar & Bistro limits anyone dining with children to one alcoholic beverage, in order to hopefully limit the danger children face from drunk drivers.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly