The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports more than 40 percent of college students have felt more than average amounts of stress within the last year. They also report more than 80 percent of college students felt overwhelmed and many of those felt things were hopeless.
In addition, over 70 percent of college students living with a mental health diagnosis experienced a crisis on campus with the past year.
These are just a few of the alarming statistics associated with college students, and all young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.
College life can be a time of great fun, adventure, discovering yourself, learning new information, and meeting new friends. It is some of these same activities that can create mental health concerns. For instance, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), the top three illnesses experienced among young adults in college is anxiety, depression, and relationship problems.
The survey results reported by the APA suggest college students feel the counseling services on campus are inadequate. Therefore, it is even more important for you to know what college students are facing and how to get help.
Many think college students have it easy, all they must do is show up for class and study. This is far from the truth, however. Many students are taking full course loads. They do this to avoid higher student loan debt. In addition to their course load, they are working. Some students work part-time jobs, while others work full-time jobs.
In their spare time, they are pressured to socialize, or have other responsibilities such as taking care of children or family members. Small things like having a car break down, a relationship breakup, a fight with a friend, or a medical injury can create enormous stress for a college student who is already feeling overwhelmed.
These life stressors can encourage a mental health crisis in some college students.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states sleep is vital for academic success. Sleep deprivation can lead to poor concentration and an inability to focus on tasks. It can mean poor daytime functioning, when a student is needed to be at their best.Sleep deprivation only enhances mental health problems. This is so because during sleep, the body and brain work to repair the damages from the day. During sleep you are being healed so you can better take on the challenges of the next day.
In addition, sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and weakening the immune system. And there is a direct link between grades and GPA and lack of sleep.
Students in college face an adjustment phase when going to college. They are realizing they have more freedom than usual and must make decisions on their own. This can be tough for those who are used to a parent helping them. They also put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed. If they don’t meet their own expectations, they can likely experience a mental health issue.
It is important college students know how to recognize and cope with mental health issues to avoid any type of crisis.