Recently I was emailing with Kayla Evans, contributor to www.bestcolleges.com and to their health resources. Our conversation served to reinforce the seriousness of the mental and physical stress that students reported to me during this past year as I traveled and spoke in several different countries. Unfortunately, America is no exception—although some would like to believe it is. Mental health research by the National Alliance on Mental Illness on college campuses shows that:
- 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities (8 in 10 students)
- 50% have been so anxious they struggled in school (5 in 10 students)
- 40% do not seek help (4 in 10 students)
- 25% have a diagnosable illness (1 in 4 students)
These are both startling and horrific statistics. Because of this, I am devoting the next few blogs to the reported top five mental problems facing college students. If you are a college student, pay attention. Forewarned is forearmed. If you know a college student, share the resources.