With Mental Health Issues On The Rise, It’S No Surprise

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With mental health issues on the rise, it’s no surprise that college students would seek help that is free and readily available on campuses. Yet, despite the 9.5% increase of college students, especially in freshmen, not all college campuses make it known that students can seek help for free in the way of support groups or campus counselors (Aikins). Issues such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders are going untreated in students, leading to students dropping out or turning to self-harm to cope with their emotions. With all of these issues treatable and more common today, it seems colleges would want to endorse the help they can provide. Most college campuses offer counseling, promotion of these resources are typically lacking on…show more content…
More than 45 percent of young adult students quit attending classes or college altogether because they feel as though they are not receiving adequate accommodations, whether professors or counseling services. While not all students seek treatment, the leading reason why is the worry that they will be judged by their peers (Chadron State College). Having programs that promote seeking treatment and make students know it is normal to feel emotionally unstable at times of extreme stress, that it is treatable, and it is positive to seek treatment could benefit students and colleges together. While colleges cannot offer the adequate help all students suffering from a mental health issue, having options for students can make it easier to cope. In another study by the Chadron State College, they reported that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death on college campuses, as a wide-spread issue increasing. In 2012 it was reported that 7.5% of undergrad college students seriously considered suicide, while 2.3% planned out their suicide, and 1.2% attempted suicide. While some could be the pressure put on students to achieve high grades and complete deadline, as well as pressure from family or educators, most if the signs of depression have symptoms that are typically missed. Symptoms include isolation, hostility, anger issues that were not present before, hopelessness, drug or
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