College’s Effect on Students Mental Health

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Students studying intensely together in preparation for final exams at Stony Brook University. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Stony Brook, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

As we head into the holiday season many colleges around the country are embarking the end of the fall semester, many students are feeling the effects of end of the semester projects and final exams.

As students are feeling the numerous pressures of college at full-force, the effects of this pressure can have a lasting impact on students’ mental and physical health. According to bestcolleges.com, the top mental health challenges facing students are depression, anxiety, suicide, eating disorders, and addiction.

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Student studying in quiet section of the library at Stony Brook University. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Stony Brook, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

“An important thing to know about mental health is a lot of times is that these young adults are developing mentally,” said Lucille Lore, RN, BSN, and Advanced Practice Nurse Candidate. “Some students are prone to developmental illness at young adulthood. The pressures of school may bring these symptoms out in students prematurely and bring them into psychosis.”The pressures of college can bring out the symptoms of failure, loss, rejection due to the curriculum demands, financial restraints, feeling of loss, and uncertainty for the future after graduation. For many reasons, these feelings go unheard.

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Students eating lunch together as they go over a final project at Stony Brook University. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Stony Brook, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

“These conditions college students are experiencing are curable,” said Lore. “Many of these students do not know so because they do not realize what they are going through, do not know how to ask for help, or even worse can sometimes feel ashamed for what they are experiencing. They often internalize these feeling with can lead to serious consequences.”

In the wake of mental health awareness in today’s society, it is debated if college campuses offer enough counseling to some students who are suffering from anxiety and depression. Over the last several years, there has been an increase in demand for college campus services.

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Student studying intensely for final science exam at Stony Brook University. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Stony Brook, NY (Photo by: Victoria Lore)

“College campuses do not have enough qualified professional counseling to help these young adults treat their symptoms and ultimately obtain their future goals,” said Lore. “ Many students with these symptoms have great potential, but are sent away without proper care and sometimes even worse do not have social support at home.”

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 42,773 Americans commit suicide every year, the majority of them being college students and one in every 12 U.S. college students makes a suicide plan, according to National Data on Campus Suicide and Depression.

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(Infographic by: Victoria Lore)

It is important for students to know and realize that they are not alone, must not remain silent, and that there is help out there.

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