It’s an important matter that perhaps does not receive enough attention, but the mental health care of our youth is a highly significant issue that should be taken into consideration even when enrolling in universities.
- One in four young adults will develop a mental health condition
- 40% will not seek help, which will lead to half among them to remain untreated
- 25% of students on campuses are on psychotropic medication
- The difference between first symptoms and intervention is usually between 8-10 years
Mental issues can still affect young people, even though their youth and general health makes them seem invulnerable. The effects may begin early on, and last them throughout adulthood without most noticing. In addition, studies have found that many of them do not seek help either.
According to a survey in Montana, 18.8% of high school students seriously contemplated suicide within the year before the study, and 5% of them even attempted it. A number of 29.3% also reported themselves as ‘sad and hopeless’, which caused them to renounced some of their usual activities.
The matter does not end in their teenage years, and instead continues to linger as they enter young adulthood and college. However, when considering applying to various universities, neither parents nor students take mental health services into consideration. In fact, it remains overlooked, and, in the best case scenario, something that is thought of only when needed.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness 1 in 4 adults between 18 to 24 years old will develop a diagnosable mental health issue. Many of them begin during college years, including anxiety, depression, psychoses, eating disorders, or even substance abuse. It’s vital that the years spent at a university are closely monitored, and that the school offers proper services to alleviate future problems.
A number of 80% of students feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have seen to crippling anxieties that they ended up struggling through their studies. Around 40% of college students, however, do not seek help from professionals when battling a mental health condition. This results in half of them not receiving any sort of intervention.
There are rising numbers of self-harm, physical and sexual violence on campuses, and yet few school are well prepared to handle them.
The most frequent form of treatment is counseling and psychotherapy, but there might be more required. Attention to the mental health of students is vital, and it has been suggested that schools provide them access to a bigger number of trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.
It may seem like their youth gives them a distinct advantage against mental health issues, but some could slip by. As found by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the time wasted between first symptoms and intervention is usually between 8 to 10 years. College may be one of the optimal moments for conditions to start.
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