Did you know that over 1,000 college students commit suicide every year? Someone should do something about this problem before it gets worse than it already is. Unfortunately, studies on this issue are scarce, but the ones that exist shed some light on what the problem may be.
A study by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
This survey revealed that 40% of the students on campus chose not to seek help even though they felt the need to do so. It also showed that 80% of them felt that their responsibilities had overwhelmed them. Moreover, approximately every other student suffered from mental health issues so much that it affected their school performance. Other problems cited by students in this study include depression, addiction, and eating disorders.
A study by Penn State University
Anxiety seems to be a major issue among the country’s 20-million-student population. To understand it, Pennsylvania State University surveyed 100,000 students in 2014. Fifty percent of those who participated in the study said they had listed anxiety as their primary concern during a visit to a health clinic.
A study by the College Health Association
In this nationwide survey, 21.9% of the participants revealed that anxiety had affected their performance negatively, but only 15.8% of them admitted to getting treatment for it. Furthermore, 13.8% of the surveyed students reported that depression affected their performance adversely; 13.1% of them sought treatment for it. Additionally, thirty percent of those surveyed felt that stress affected their schoolwork negatively. However, the most alarming revelation was that 1.4% of the participants had attempted suicide. Clearly, there is a crisis in colleges across America.
Conclusions based on the studies
Anxiety is the most pressing mental health issue among students in America’s universities. It is also clear that many students choose not to seek help even though they needed it. Finally, the studies show that poor performance and the heightened risk of committing suicide are the consequences of anxiety and depression among students. How does one change this situation?
The first thing is to note any signs of depression or anxiety in you or in someone near you. These signs include unhappiness, rapid changes in weight, loss of interest in social gatherings, feelings of guilt, and suicidal thoughts. Other signs might be apathy and extreme anger. Talk to a close friend or family member if you feel that you might be suffering from anxiety or depression. You should also encourage a friend to do the same if he exhibits any of these signs. Finally, you shouldn’t put off talking to a student counselor; they all receive training on how to deal with this kind of issues and will definitely help you cope with your problems.