According to the latest research on college students and mental health, three out of 10 students have struggled with depression in the last two weeks, and over one in four have expressed issues with anxiety. Even more distressing is the one in 20 college students who had created a suicide plan in the past year.
College student mental health and well-being is a major source of concern for higher education administrators, faculty, and staff. College counseling centers report being overwhelmed with requests for services. Other faculty and staff report working with campus and local resources to assist students with their mental health concerns.
This blog series aims to explore the various dimensions associated with college student mental health and well-being. Scholars, administrators, analysts, and practitioners will address the challenges faced by different populations of students and offer resources and ideas for support. The series, which will be updated throughout 2018, will serve as a resource for those interested in learning more about the issues surrounding college students and their mental health and the quest for well-being.
It Doesn’t Always Get Better for Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum College Students by Maren Greathouse
June 6, 2018
Many queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students continue to navigate stigma, peer aggression, and exclusion well into their college years. Researchers are beginning to capture their experiences, which could help lead the way to change.
College on the Autism Spectrum by Connie Anderson
May 9, 2018
Most first-time college students face challenges adjusting to new academic demands and campus life. For students on the autism spectrum, these challenges can be overwhelming—but with the proper support, they don’t have to be.
College Students of Color: Confronting the Complexities of Diversity, Culture, and Mental Health by Annelle B. Primm
April 2, 2018
Annelle Primm of The Steve Fund discusses the need for the higher education community to institute policies and procedures to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. This post is the first in a series on college student mental health and well-being.