Mental Health Funding Crisis : National Center For Education Essay

767 Words May 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Mental Health Funding Crisis According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over 70 million Americans, or roughly one quarter of the population in the United States, are enrolled as students in either elementary, secondary, post-secondary, or graduate studies. 20.2 million of these students are pursuing an undergraduate degree (National Center for Education Statistics). While all students face a wide range of mental health concerns, undergraduate students are a distinct group who faces a unique set of circumstances. These circumstances play an intricate role in the manifestation of emotional health problems. Undergraduate students face a transition period in their lives where many changes occur. Students leave their guardians and branch out to live in dormitory settings. During this time students also leave behind old friends and make new ones. College students face new social situations which include a greater exposure to drugs and alcohol. For many college students, financial stability starts to become a concern. Over the years, the mental health needs of students have changed. While traditional concerns such as developmental and informational needs still remain, students are coming to counseling centers with more severe and chronic psychological concerns. These concerns include depression, anxiety, and high levels of stress. In 2012, a survey conducted by the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) found that more than one-third (37.4 percent) of…

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