Essay on College Students : The Mental Health Problem

959 Words Nov 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Rough Draft In recent years, it has become somewhat of an expectation to obtain a college degree. Landing a steady, high-paying, job without a degree is more of a rarity than it should be. Those who choose not to attend college face being labeled as failures, said to be destined for unemployment and unhappiness. Equating postsecondary education with success, our society tends to shove freshly graduated high school students into a new phase of life that they may or may not be ready for. As the amount of students attending college each year increases, so do the mental health problems on campuses. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) one in four college students have a diagnosable mental health problem. College campuses need to be more equipped to handle mental health problems in campus health clinics and in the classroom by spotting symptoms, raising awareness, smashing stigma, and providing services to those who suffer. College students tackle unique stressors on a regular basis. These stressors serve as a harsh slap from reality when entering and enduring college and are directly linked to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. An average student is likely to experience numerous stressors, some of the most prevalent being changes in social environment, fluctuations in quality of sleep, concerns about overall health, new expectations for success and academic demands, shifting views of body image and self-esteem struggles,…

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