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Mental Health

Did you know?

  • Stress is a normal part of life. However, sometimes stress can become overwhelming and even dangerous. Stress can cause physical, emotional and behavioral problems that can affect your health, your relationships, and even your grades. (National Mental Health Association, 2005)

  • According to a UCLA study, more than 30% of college freshmen reported feeling overwhelmed a great deal of the time during the beginning of college, and Johns Hopkins University reported that more than 40% of a recent freshman class sought help from the student counselling center. So, understand that if you're feeling pressure and stress, you're not alone. (National Mental Health Association, 2005)

  • Nearly half of all college students report feeling so depressed at times that they have trouble functioning, and 14.9% meet the criteria for clinical depression. ( American College Health Association, 2004)

  • One out of four young adults will experience a depressive episode by age 24. (American Psychiatric Association, 2005)

  • Anxiety disorders and depression are the two most common mental illnesses experienced by Americans. Approximately half of all people who suffer from anxiety disorders also suffer from depression. (National Mental Health Association, 2005)

  • 18 percent of U.S. college students suffered from clinically significant alcohol-related problems, compared with 15 percent of their non-college attending peers. (Archives of General Psychiatry)

  • One night of heavy drinking can impair your ability to think well for up to 30 days. (National Mental Health Association, 2005)

  • As many as 70% of college students admit to having engaged in sexual activity as a result of alcohol abuse, and 90% of all campus rapes occur when alcohol has been used by either the victim or the assailant. (National Mental Health Association, 2005)

  • Although eating disorders are more common in women, they also occur in men. As many as 10% of women and 1% of men suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders often begin during high school or college. (American Psychiatric Association, 2005)

There is help...

Sometimes students have needs that are very private and difficult to deal with. Perhaps you don't know exactly what is bothering you.

The information contained on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a mental healthcare professional or doctor. The checklists are intended only for the purpose of identifying symptoms of a specific illness or disorder and is not designed to provide a diagnosis or treatment. Only a qualified mental healthcare professional or medical doctor can make a diagnosis or determine a treatment plan.