Often we think of student health in terms of injury-risk or illness such as a cold, the flu, or the newly recognized Covid-19; however, mental health risks are at least equally as common.
A recent article in the Michigan Daily sites a Reuters Health report that finds “Suicidal thinking, self harm, and extreme depression has doubled in the past decade”
The Michigan Daily Reports….
A 2018 report from the American College Health Association found that over 40% of U.S. college students had “felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning.” A Reuters Health report found that suicidal thinking, self-harm and extreme depression more than doubled between 2007 and 2018.
As students struggle to meet the next deadline while applying for summer internships and working part-time jobs, a proverbial straw often breaks the camel’s back before we finally decide to seek help for our mental health. Because many of us have never been taught that taking care of our mental health is a priority, we invariably arrive at lines that should never be crossed: a realization, a breakdown, days spent immobile in bed, terrible thoughts.