College is a time of change and excitement,
but for many students this life transition can trigger mental health
problems. Recent research shows that college students are
coming forth with more mental health problems than they did
a decade ago.
A 2003 study of Kansas State University’s counseling center
found the number of students seen each year with depression
doubled, while the number of suicidal students tripled over a
13-year period. A 2003 National Survey of Counseling Center
Directors found more than 80 percent of colleges report they
are seeing more students with serious psychological problems
than they did five years ago.
To help campuses deal with these challenges, NMHA’s“
mpower: musicians for mental health” youth awareness campaign,
along with NMHA’s 340 affiliates across the
country, are distributing free materials to college students,
parents and campus counseling and health services that
encourage young adults to be attentive to their mental health— and
to take any symptoms seriously.
"If stress or feelings of uncertainty become unmanageable,
students should talk about their concerns with someone they
trust or a professional on or off campus," said NMHA
President and CEO Michael Faenza, MSSW.
mpower’s free materials include:
- Fact sheets on adjusting to
school, Oxycontin abuse,
depression and alcohol use
- Activity planner designed to help
promote mental health on campus
- mpower public service announcements for college radio
- Tips on how to organize a concert to raise awareness of
mental health issues
- Summary of NMHA’s “Safeguarding
Against Suicide” report
NMHA’s mpower program works with musicians to change youth
attitudes about mental health and to fight the stigma
- facing the one in five youth who have mental health problems.
To download copies of the kit, visit www.mpoweryouth.org.
For more information, call NMHA at 800-969-NMHA (6642).