‘Tis the season for student stress.
College counselors are seeing a record number of students dealing with a variety of mental health problems, from depression and anxiety to more serious psychiatric disorders, according to NBC News.
Dr. Cynthia Brownfield with Mosaic Life Care said this time of year can get especially stressful with exams.
According to data collected from 139 institutions, 26 percent of students who sought help said they had intentionally hurt themselves; 33.2 percent had considered suicide, numbers higher than the previous year.
“This is a very challenging time,” she said. “My oldest child went off to college and there’s ups and downs.”
According to the 2016 UCLA Higher Education Research Institute survey, 12 percent of freshman said they are “frequently” depressed.
Brownfield suggests parents get involved, but to a certain extent.
“Just try to be as supportive as you can,” Brownfield said. “Try not to get involved with too many of their details.”
According to doctors, it’s the students’ job to work their problems out. They have that adult responsibility and need to be nudged in the right direction.
Doctors recommend students to get at least eight or nine hours of sleep every night, drink water and are eating healthy.
Being away from home, access to alcohol and drugs and the demands of academics can all lead to anxiety and depression.
“You really want to talk to your students about taking care of their body because they are not there for you to watch,” said Brownfield.
Students should be aware of resources and care options on and off campus. Doctors advise reaching out to a counseling center or a trusted adviser.