More Mental Illness On Campus

By: Michael Stevens
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 13, 2021

Researchers say that there are more studients with mental illness on campus.

More mental illness on campus among colleges. There are more college students suffering from mental illness on campus. Students on campus are showing more mental illness counsel, according to recent evaluations.

The surprised number of serious mental illness is on the rise, according to information presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Assn. in San Diego. A recent study shows that the number of college students who are afflicted with mental illness is serious. More than 3,265 college students who used campus counseling services between September 1997 and August 2009.

Mental illness among students who were evaluated with disorders include those with suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behavior. In 1998, 93 percent of the students who sought counseling were diagnosed with one mental disorder. In 2009, this number increased by 3 percent bringing it up to 96 percent.

Students with moderate to severe depression rose from 34 percent to 41 percent. Shockingly, the number of students on psychiatric medications increased from 11 percent to 24 percent. Some optimistic news that came out of these numbers, was students who stated that they had thought about suicide within two weeks of counseling fell from 26 percent in 1998 to 11 percent in 2009.

This figure may reflect improvements in suicide prevention and counseling outreach on college campuses. In recent years, there have been efforts made to improve the lives of college students who have mental illness. Several programs are now available to assist students with mental illness, including Half of Us, Active Minds and the Jed Foundation.