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College Kids Need Mental Health Intervention

Update Date: Feb 28, 2017 06:59 PM EST

College students are prone to mental health struggles, thus most of them are in dire need of intervention as they suffer silently. More that 1,000 cases of suicide each year involves college students within their campuses, most of which are diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

Teenagers are usually mum when it comes to their struggles, making it harder for them to cope with their everyday lives. The mental health crisis for college students continually increase. As the years progress, most of whom would end up with suicide, self-harm, or substance abuse. Psychiatric illnesses are often taken for granted, especially with teenagers as most parents would assume that their teens are just going through a phase.

Emory University came up with a statistic where it was mentioned that more than 1,000 college students commit suicide on their college campuses per year. It was then added that suicide is the second leading cause for college students while it is the 11th leading cause of death among all age groups.

"The issue is absolutely clear," Henriques said. "College students are endorsing on these surveys, many more symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and stress. The data are very clear. There's a lot more mental stress than there was 23 years ago. The pressure to succeed during school is often times overwhelming."

Health Line pointed out that expectation, pressure, and social media are three of the biggest triggers that cause stress. In a survey that was done in 2014, it was revealed that Nation Health Care Assessment mentioned that 33 percent of the students are said to be depressed over the past six months. 55 percent are suffering from anxiety, and 87 percent are said to be overwhelmed with their responsibilities.

College students need intervention when it comes to their mental health and guardians should be keen on checking on their teens. For more information on suicide, visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

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