college: mental health awareness
By Emily ram, senior Writer & Editor
College- one word, many many opportunities. College is definitely not the place where one intends to mess up in. College, the place where strategic skills are being put in good use to reach all those life goals one aspires to accomplish. College, the place where hard work is in such great emphasis. What does this mean for the student though? Students in college intend to strive for all these opportunities with the pressure of social life on the back of their hands. This pressure leads a college student into a situation where they realize they cannot handle so much. The pressures of life and college can lead any typical college student into the world of having to deal with mental disorders.
Mental disorders are conditions that vary from affecting mood,thinking process and/or behavior. These conditions are very common in college students due to the fact that pressure may be arisen from the amount of work that must be done. If a college students is affected by any of the many conditions in the category, their life can be highly affected negatively. If a college student shows any sign of a disorder, it must be treated immediately before severe consequences will occur. Already, From 125,000 students from more than 150 colleges and universities, “almost half said they felt overwhelming anxiety in the last year, according to the 2013 National College Health Assessment”. (apa.org) Mental health awareness should be broadcasted across colleges at earlier stages to be able to ensure success on a wide variety of students, to prevent harmful consequences and to enable the idea of students asking for help.
With the epidemic of dealing with such issues revolving around mental health, it will slow down the progression for a range of college students to finish for graduation. The first idea of mental health affecting their process is the idea that it is hard to maintain focus during class. As proven by a National Institute of Mental Health “30 percent of college students reported feeling "so depressed that it was difficult to function." (nimh.nih.gov) If these students were checked upon at an earlier time, it most likely would have prevented this consequence. If the progression of the mental health issue continues, it has the ability to cause severe consequences to the students’ well being in college. An interview answer from a survey respondent revealed that “A depressive episode made it impossible for (her) to go to classes and (she) did not get help until it was too late. (She) was withdrawn and (she) could never afford the cost to go back because (she) lost my scholarship for being withdrawn.” (nami.org)This issue should have been addressed beforehand to avoid this consequence. The National Institute of Mental health also initiated that “Early diagnosis and treatment of depression can relieve depression symptoms, prevent depression from returning, and help students succeed in college and after graduation.” (nimh.nih.gov) If there was stress on campus help revolving around these issues, it will enable a larger population of college students to graduate on time.
If the idea of mental health awareness gets addressed at an earlier time, it has the power to prevent harmful consequences. When one is in bad mental health stability, it can cause them to do actions such as; inflicting pain upon themselves, become encouraged into doing bad overnight methods,dangerous pain overdosage and most common, overdosage in drinking/smoking. Most common issue,depression, ruins the chances of students to recover more quickly. Proven by a reliable source, “Students with depression, especially women, are more likely to drink to get drunk and experience problems related to alcohol abuse, such as engaging in unsafe sex. Depression and other mental disorders often co-occur with substance abuse, which can complicate treatment.” (nimh.nih.gov) Even worst than this, if these consequences worsen, it can overbear them to the point where they contemplate suicide. “More than 30 percent of students who seek services for mental health issues report that they have seriously considered attempting suicide at some point in their lives, up from about 24 percent in 2010”, says Pennsylvania State University psychologist Ben Locke, PhD, who directs the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) (apa.org) As reviewed by a college student, “They need to publicize mental health issues more, instead of waiting until a student commits suicide to focus on problems.” (nami.org)
Awareness about this topic being addressed will enable more students to reach out to receive help. If the opportunity is brought out more into the open, it is shown by student responses that it would be easier to ask for help. Incidents like these are not easy to talk about, so having it out there in the open will give students an easier chance to address the situation. A student said, “While good services are available to students who need it, the rest of the campus is entirely unaware of mental health issues.” (apa.org) In this case, this student admits that the services will be nice to have, only if it was actually known.
Mental Health issues should be addressed beforehand or during the crisis due to the fact it can cause such big consequences in the future. College Students should get the help they need in order to continue their life in college and go onto bigger and better things. This article should be taken in account for students who feel as if they should address these situations in college. A human being must take care of themselves in order to succeed.
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