Top Mental Health challenges facing college students

Research shows the top mental health challenges facing college students are:
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • suicide
  • eating disorders
  • addiction
Additionally:
  • One in four students have a diagnosable illness
  • 40% do not seek help
  • 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities
  • 50% have been so anxious they struggled in school
In a survey conducted by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, 36.4% of college students reported they experienced some level of depression in 2013. Depression is the number one reason students drop out of school.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.; they affect 40 million adults over the age of 18, yet only one-third seek and receive treatment. The ADAA goes on to say that nearly 75% of those affected by an anxiety disorder will experience their first episode before the age of 22.
College can be a stressful time. Feelings of guilt, hopelessness and despair can build when students don’t take steps to cope with stressors. Statistics show that 10% of college students have thought about or made a plan to commit suicide. There are over 1,000 suicidal deaths on college campuses in the U.S. every year, as reported by Emory University. It’s important to note that most students who are suicidal suffer from depression or other mental illnesses.
Millions of college students – both women and men – develop eating disorders during their college years, and a vast majority does not seek help or don’t realize the extent of their issues. These disorders cause serious mental and physical problems that can result in life-threatening issues when left untreated. According to statistics provided by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) 95% of those with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
Read more at BestColleges.com about these mental health challenges, including signs, symptoms, resources and more.
Learn about NAMIonCampus. NAMI on Campus is an exciting extension of NAMI’s mission into the campus community. NAMI on Campus clubs are student-led clubs that tackle mental health issues on campus by raising mental health awareness, educating the campus community, supporting students, promoting services and supports and advocating. NAMI on Campus clubs aim to address the mental health needs of all students so they have positive, successful and fun college experiences.
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