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Drury and Burrell Behavioral Health launch partnership to expand mental health services for students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 10, 2019 — Drury University is partnering with Burrell Behavioral Health to expand mental health services available to students on campus. The partnership is launching as Drury students seek to raise awareness about mental health with a charity soccer match later this month.

Under the partnership, a Burrell staff member will be co-located at the on-campus Panther Clinic for up to 20 hours per week. The partnership will build on the university’s existing team of two full-time counselors in order to better meet the needs of Drury students.

Drury counselors and Burrell staff will collaborate on services, education, and outreach to Drury’s student body. The services will be available for full-time students in Drury’s traditional residential undergraduate programs at no additional cost. Students will also have access to up to five visits per year with additional mental health professionals through the Burrell system at no additional cost.

Need for mental health services on the rise

Mental health is an increasingly important issue on college campuses. One in four college students reports being diagnosed with or treated for a mental illness, according to a study in the journal “Depression and Anxiety” and the use of campus counseling centers increased by 30 percent between 2009 and 2015, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. The trend is likely to continue: a survey released in February by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of teens see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers.

“The national conversation around mental health has helped reduce the stigma attached to seeking professional help, especially for younger generations,” says Dr. Tijuana Julian, Executive Vice President and Dean of Students at Drury. “That means more students seeking counseling services. We’ve long had a commitment to serving this need and we’re pleased to find new ways to help our students find a better balance in their lives.”

“Both Burrell and Drury believe this partnership is a great way to help students reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues among the college population,” says Burrell Vice President, Integration Dustin Brown. “Our goal is to remove barriers to access by integrating onto campus and seamlessly linking Drury students and staff to healthcare providers and behavioral health leaders. We are so excited to help increase behavioral health treatment on the Drury campus and create better paths to care in the student community.”

Charity soccer match Friday, April 26

The second annual Mental Health Awareness Alumni Soccer Match in Memory of Joe Fehr will take place at Harrison Stadium on the Drury campus on Friday, April 26. Gates open at 6 p.m. The match is organized by the men’s soccer team in honor of Fehr, a Drury soccer player from Omaha, Nebraska, who lost a battle with mental health last year.

“A generation ago, no one really talked about mental health issues. But today young people, especially, are much more open to having this conversation,” says Matt Wagoner, a senior biochemistry major from Chesterfield who will enter medical school at Saint Louis University in the fall. “As a pre-med student I know how important it is to for all of us to find ways to address mental health in our lives. I’m personally very happy to see the university doing even more to serve students and ensure we have greater access to care, education, and prevention efforts.”

Tickets to the soccer match are $5 and proceeds will be used by Burrell, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, to help increase mental health awareness on the Drury campus. For more information about the match, go to   

Media Contacts:

Mike Brothers, Executive Director of University Relations, Drury University - Office: (417) 873-7390; Email:

Matt Lemmon, Director of Communications, Burrell Behavioral Health - Office: (417) 761-5898; Cell: (417) 415-1386; Email:


Drury is an independent University, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.

Burrell Behavioral Health, established in 1977, is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and the second largest Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Missouri. Burrell works with more than 40,000 clients as the state-contracted Community Mental Health Clinic (CMHC) in 17 counties, with approximately 130 licensed providers offering a full continuum of care through an integrated network. Burrell’s services include individual therapy and counseling, addiction recovery, psychiatric and medication management, educational and therapeutic groups, crisis intervention, adult stabilization, case management, residential treatment, diagnostic testing and evaluations and developmental disability support.

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