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Statistics You Should Know About College Depression

diploma.jpgSince it is going back-to-school season, I thought I’d educate you on some alarming statistics about depression among college students. Here are the facts, just the facts:


* One out of every five young people and one out of ever four college students or adults suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness.

* About 19 precent of young people contemplate or attempt suicide each year.

* Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15-24, and the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20-24.


* Over 66 percent of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health problem.

* Teens diagnosed with depression are five times more likely to attempt suicide than adults.
* Over two-thirds of young people do not talk about or seek help for mental health problems.

* 44 percent of American college students reported feeling symptoms of depression.

* From 1980 to 1986, the suicide rate for African-American males ages 15-19 increased more than 100 percent.

* Four out of every five young people that contemplate or attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs.

* 80-90 percent of people that seek the necessary form of mental health treatment can function the way they used to.

* Stereotypes are one of the largest barriers preventing young people from seeking the help they need.


* An estimated 5 million young females suffer from eating disorders each year, and eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness, claiming more lives than any other illness.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment tutelstar

    And it didn’t help that when I was in college, the guidance counselors seemed like they didn’t know how to help students. They were always too “busy”. Sigh.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jean

    Sigh….I had the same experience as tutelstar, when I was in college in the ’80s. I went to the counseling center and cried my heart out to a ‘counselor,’ and all they could do was refer me to ‘group therapy.’ I think I went once – I could not see any good coming out of the experience. I later ran into one of the girls from ‘group’ in a class and we just pretended not to know each other. Part of my problem was switching from a 2-yr. college to the ‘all fun all the time’ four-year college. I wish now that I’d never gone away to college. I earned a degree, but have never been able to land or keep a good-paying job. I always get stuck in menial positions.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jenn

    Can you tell me where these statistics came from? I’m doing a presentation in a couple of weeks with a few fellow classmates in my Counseling program and our focus is on the stigma associated with college students seeking help for common issues. We are discussing the transition to college and how that can make new students quickly overwhelmed, the warning signs of depression and anxiety among other things, and both healthy and unhealthy coping strategies. We’re also going to give them resources to get the help they need or to share with friends who are showing warning signs of struggling with the transition.

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