Latest Mental Health and Well-Being News

A new mindset on mental health

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
With demand for mental health services surging in Iowa and across the nation, especially among young adults, the University of Iowa is working to create a culture of well-being.

10 tips for beating the winter blues

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
When the days are short and the air is cold, finding the motivation and energy to get up and about can be difficult. Out-of-sync circadian rhythms can make even mundane activities challenging. “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation,” Sinclair Lewis once wrote.

Iowa Memorial Union to undergo major renovation to better serve students

Thursday, January 19, 2023
As the IMU prepares for its 100th birthday, the university is looking to its future and how the building can continue to serve as a hub for student activity and support.

Dance Gala returns to Hancher with themes of mental health, inclusivity

Monday, November 7, 2022
The University of Iowa Dance Gala will perform at Hancher Auditorium for the first time in two years — and will include a poignant performance inspired by mental illness.

Scanlan Family Foundation gives $15 million to name school mental health center, expand services to schools, veterans

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Thanks to a generous $15 million gift from the Scanlan Family Foundation, the Iowa Center for School Mental Health in the University of Iowa College of Education will be renamed the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, pending approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

Inside a college counseling center struggling with the student mental health crisis

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
On college campuses nationwide, the number of students seeking mental health services increased by an average of 30 percent between 2009 and 2015 and has continued to climb since then. The University of Iowa doubled the size of its counseling staff between 2016 and 2019, but it’s not nearly keeping up with demand.

UI increases student care, mental health resources as a result of Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee recommendations

Thursday, October 21, 2021
The University of Iowa is making progress on campus safety and mental health initiatives after August recommendations from the Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee (RCSAC).

Farmers face a complex set of mental health issues

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Brandi Janssen, director of the Iowa Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (I-CASH) in the College of Public Health, says farmers and farm workers with mental health issues face a complex set of cultural and economic factors that make it more difficult to get treatment.

Addressing a mental health care crisis

Thursday, May 9, 2019
UI College of Nursing Dean Julie Zerwic discusses changes that need to be made in health care to address the mental health care crisis.

University Counseling Service increases access to mental health resources on campus

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
A year after opening an eastside location, University Counseling Service continues to expand its reach on campus to help students seeking different levels of care.

UI employees: Healthier, more productive

Friday, March 6, 2015
University of Iowa employees who participated in university-sponsored health initiatives last year report healthier eating, lower work absenteeism and greater productivity on the job, factors that have helped keep health-insurance premiums at the same level for a third consecutive year.

Do mental workouts really work?

Thursday, June 13, 2013
UI researchers found that people over age 50 who played the game “Road Tour” (later re-named “Double Decision”) for at least 10 hours showed as much as seven years of cognitive improvement. “Age-related cognitive decline is real,” says lead author of the study Fredric Wolinsky, professor of public health. “We know that we can stop this decline and actually restore cognitive processing speed to...

Video games can help reverse mental decay

Friday, May 3, 2013
A study by University of Iowa professor of public health Frederic Wolinsky finds that playing video games can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions related to memory, reasoning, and visual processing.

Want to slow mental decay? Play a video game

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A University of Iowa study shows that older people can put off the aging of their minds by playing a simple game that primes their processing speed skills. The research showed participants' cognitive skills improved in a range of functions, from improving peripheral vision to problem solving. Results published in the journal "PLOS One."