The college lifestyle is not always supportive to those facing mental health struggles, either prior or newly developed. A new environment, social and academic pressures, and easier access to drugs and alcohol are just some of the challenges that students face. Consequently, students often feel alone or do not have the proper supports.
One of the most devastating outcomes that can result from a lack of support is suicide. More than 1,000 suicides occur on college campuses every year, rendering it the second-leading cause of death among college students. The National Survey of College Counseling Centers conducted by the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) has found that almost every director of college mental health centers has reported an increase in the number of students with serious mental health conditions.
In another report, The American Freshman: National Norms for the Fall of 2014, the Higher Education Research Institute, the nation’s largest and oldest organization for the empirical study of higher education, discovered that students’ self-rated emotional health rating has dropped to 50.7%, its lowest level ever.
Where Schools Are Coming Up Short
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