Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers
Last week, the NY Times published a great article about the increasing demands on college and university health centers due to rising levels of anxiety and depression among college kids. And, like many similar articles relating to emotional health, it is a reminder of why we are doing what we are doing here at Likeminder.
The college demographic is particularly relevant to those with college-age kids, including many of us here at Likeminder. So we find the statistics in articles like this one to be deeply concerning on the one hand, and validating of our social impact mission on the other. There is a real and important need out there!
A few of the sobering stats:
“Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental health diagnosis among college students, though depression, too, is on the rise. More than half of students visiting campus clinics cite anxiety as a health concern, according to a recent study of more than 100,000 students nationwide by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State.” “Nearly one in six college students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last 12 months, according to the annual national survey by the American College Health Association.”
There are obviously many ways to address emotional health issues, whether on campuses or in other populations, but we strongly believe Likeminder can be a simple and high-value resource for millions of people.
Thinking out loud,– The Likeminder Team