More Depressed College Students Are Getting the Help They Need

depressed college studentsLarge numbers of young adults across the country report they’re feeling depressed. Colleges are doing more than ever before to help.

According to The New York Times, in a 2016 survey, an estimated 12 percent of college students reported they had felt depressed in the past year. Only about 14 percent of those who felt depressed were confident they would seek counseling on behalf of their mental health.

There are a number of reasons students experiencing mental health issues in college often don’t receive the help they need. There is a seemingly unshakable stigma that comes with seeking help for depression or other difficulties. Many experiencing symptoms of a more severe mental health disorder may be in denial, preventing them from seeking help.

Sometimes, college mental health centers aren’t able to accommodate everyone who seeks assistance for their problems, ranging from minor to severe.

Researchers are now attempting to collect data related to students’ mental health across all four standard years of higher education, in an attempt to give schools more insight into what they can do to improve their students’ mental health. Some are already making efforts to use less traditional methods to help students cope with stress, loss, and anxiety.

Some schools are taking part in a program that refers students with less severe depression and other mental health difficulties to online counseling. This is beneficial to participating campus counseling centers. Most simply aren’t equipped to help growing numbers of students seeking mental health care.

Other campuses use dogs to combat the stress and anxiety surrounding final exams. Many schools and even several studies have found that dogs, used as an adorable form of therapy, help keep many students calm as semesters draw to a close.

Experts, knowing how beneficial counseling can be for students, hope more young adults will be able to seek out and take advantage of the support they need to cope with their depression. What works for one person won’t work for everyone — but anyone who is depressed can benefit from something.

Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.

But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.

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