Quick Facts

  • 40% of college students have felt more than an average amount of stress within the past 12 months.1
  • 64% of young adults who are no longer in college are not attending because of a mental health reason.1
  • 7% of students have "seriously considered suicide" during the past year.1
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for people between ages 15-24 and on college campuses.1

With the Student Protection Plus Balanced Life program, you can ensure your students have support as they face the challenges college life inevitably brings. In order for your students to successfully fulfill their potential at your institution, they will need to overcome the many challenges they will face during these transitional years. The Balanced Life program can help by offering students access to in-person sessions with licensed counselors, and 24-7 phone access to master's-level professional clinicians, as well as online tools and resources for wellness.

Most students will struggle with their first years of living independently, along with grappling with homesickness. Students typically find the increased academic workload another demand they must learn to manage it may be the first time many of these high-performing students have been challenged academically. Add to these common issues the complex navigation of college social life, and even the most solid and well adjusted students can use a little support now and then.

Student Protection Plus is there to confidentially provide the information and professional support they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our website allows students to consult interactive tools for stress, coping with change and substance abuse, to access consultants by e-mail, to search for providers online, to register for e-mail newsletters, read or download booklets, articles and podcasts on a range of specific life, work and health issues.

With this kind of support available, you can expect that the majority of your students will learn to manage problems in a healthy and balanced fashion. But sometimes, more intensive help is needed to help a student function well and succeed.

The Balanced Life program through Student Protection Plus is also ready when these more serious needs strike. Mental health issues like anxiety and depression are increasingly common for college students today. A 2007 study2 on college emotional health cited in American Journal of Orthopsychiatry showed 15.6% of undergraduates and 13% of graduate students struggle with depression or anxiety, with 2% of all students even having suicidal thoughts. For these students, Balanced Life can be a lifesaver. Students may also find themselves struggling with substance abuse as they struggle to cope. Sadly, you may even be faced with students who have suffered both physically and psychologically due to a sexual assault while studying at your institution.

With the Balanced Life program through Student Protection Plus, students have 24-7 access to a network of professionals who know how to help your students recover and triumph when faced with these trials. All providers possess a master's degree or higher, state licensure, five years or more of clinical experience, and experience in this program. These professionals perform face-to-face assessments and complete short-term problem resolution sessions. In a case such as sexual assault or robbery at the school, a dedicated Critical Incident Consultation specialist team is available to provide the administration with on-site Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) services for an additional fee.

Imagine being able to let your prospective student families know that you provide professional, licensed professionals, an online library, and other resources when students face everyday life challenges that threaten their college success, and more if life- and health- threatening issues should arise.

Students can use Student protection Plus Balanced Life Assistance benefits to access:

  • Licensed counselors who will perform face-to-face assessments and short-term problem resolution.
  • Live phone access to professional clinicians, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for information, assessment, action planning, crisis intervention assistance, short-term problem resolution and referrals.
  • Consultation for relationship and family issues, stress, coping with change, grief and loss, depression, anxiety or domestic violence.
  • Referrals to substance abuse counseling for drug or alcohol abuse, eating disorders, or gambling.

Student Protection Plus' Balanced Life Partner

The Balanced Life Employee assistance program, provided by Ceridian HCM, is available with select Unum insurance offerings. Terms and availability of service are subject to change. Service provider does not provide legal advice; please consult your attorney for guidance. Services are not valid after coverage terminates. Please contact your Unum representative for details.

1 Learn About the Issue. NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI, n.d. Web. 15 July 2015. http://www2.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Find_Support/NAMI_on_Campus1/Learn_About_The_Issue/Learn_About_The_Issue.htm

2 Prevalence and correlates of depression, anxiety, and suicidality among university students. Eisenberg, Daniel; Gollust, Sarah E.; Golberstein, Ezra; Hefner, Jennifer L. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol 77(4), Oct 2007, 534-542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0002-9432.77.4.534