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Mental Health for College Students

College is already an overwhelming period in your life, since you are dealing with a lot of new emotions and experiences. There have been many reports on mental health overall, but not as many on mental health in college. Mental health in college is super important; if a student is in a bad position, it will affect their life in a negative way, including their grades.

According to "The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change," there is often a mental health crisis during college. The authors share some statistics regarding mental health:

  • 73% of students experience some sort of mental health crisis during college.

  • Almost 1/3 of college students report having felt so depressed that they had trouble functioning.

  • Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and substance use are associated with lower GPA and higher probability of dropping out of college.

  • More than 80% of college students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the past year and 45% have felt things were hopeless, and Only 25% of students with a mental health problem seek help

(“The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change – Part 2.” MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds). Everyone in college has some type of mental block at some point in their college career.

Mental health in college should be researched more to find healthy ways to cope with struggles during college and the student's overall life. Therapy should be more available to students on campus. If therapy and other resources were more accessible to students, their mental health would improve.


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