Learn about mental health issues, help a family member, friend or someone in the community.

According to Active Minds (www.activeminds.org):

Mental health issues are prevalent among college students:

  • An estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – or about 1 in 4 adults – live with a diagnosable mental health disorder.
  • Half of all serious adult psychiatric illnesses – including major depression, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse – start by 14 years of age. Three-fourths of them are present by 25 years of age.
  • Compared to older adults, the 18-24 year old age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking.

Mental health issues impact students’ ability to succeed:

  • Almost one third of all college students report having felt so depressed that they had trouble functioning.
  • Mental health issues in the college student population, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, are associated with lower GPA and higher probability of dropping out of college.
  • More than 80 percent of college students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the past year and 45 percent have felt things were hopeless.

See the DV8 postings in the commons and stop by our table Monday-Friday during dinner to learn more.

Sent on: Apr 6, 2015