Responding to Mental Health Issues on Campus
On college campuses across the country, mental health issues are on the rise. Better screening and earlier diagnosis of mental illness in high school is one reason. Better treatment has also allowed more students with mental health conditions to go on to college.
Living in a new environment outside the care and safety of home can also create overwhelming circumstances, which can elevate anxiety and depression. Additionally, given the recent economic downturn, concerns like financial woes and job responsibilities have increased.
College students can benefit from understanding that stress is normal, but that too much stress can also be unhealthy. Knowing the signs of stress, understanding what can cause stress, and learning ways to positively cope with stress can help students through these tough times.
Mental Health America has developed a Back to Campus toolkit to support communities in their efforts to help students recognize the symptoms of stress and get help when needed. This is a comprehensive resource that includes public education and media materials to help promote mental wellness and counter misunderstandings associated with mental health conditions on campuses and in the community.
For more information, contact Mental Health America at 800-969-6642 x7534.