How often are we faced with the day to day anxieties as students trying to get through assignments, exams, papers, and finals? The answer is; too often, and for too many students. The problem is there isn’t enough counseling on staff at most colleges to cover the number of students needing mental health assistance. Fortunately, many of the colleges are seeing this disastrous trend and are now working hard towards this necessary change.
About one-third of U.S. college students had difficulty functioning in the last 12 months due to depression, and almost half said they felt overwhelming anxiety in the last year, according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment, which examined data from 125,000 students from more than 150 colleges and universities.
Other statistics are even more alarming: More than 30 percent of students who seek
services for mental health issues report that they have seriously considered attempting suicide at some point in their lives, up from about 24 percent in 2010, says Pennsylvania State University psychologist Ben Locke, PhD, who directs the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH), an organization that gathers college mental health data from more than 263 college and university counseling or mental health centers (Novotney, 2014).
So what are we doing today?
There are many ways that colleges are working towards helping their students with mental health issues. One way is by working with some of their students via web-based. Another effort is by giving students art supplies to utilize this as a tool to deal with their stress and depression in between classes. As well, the schools are also addressing the issues of substance abuse and providing safe housing for these types of students. Last, we have counselors who are specific for diverse populations. With the growing number of culturally diverse students, this is starting to be highly important to specific issues amongst these students (Tugend, 2017).
Novotney, A., (2014). Students under pressure: College and university counseling centers are examining how best to serve the growing number of students seeking their services. American Psychological Association, 45(8), 36. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/09/cover-pressure.aspx
Tugend, A., (2017). Colleges get proactive in addressing depression on campus. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/education/colleges-get- proactive-in-addressing-depression- on-campus.html