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Mental Health of College Students at Risk

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Monday, 29 Aug 2016 10:33 AM

Up to 60 percent of college students on campuses throughout the country are dealing with serious mental health problems, a news report says.

Up to 50-to-60 percent of college students are dealing with psychiatric disorders, “What I’m including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems. If you add them all up 50 percent doesn’t seem that high,” Dr. Gene Beresin tells CBS Boston.

Beresin, a psychiatrist who heads the Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, also termed the suicide rate in colleges “astronomical.” “A college student kills himself every day,” he says.

“Living alone, not being prepared to be on your own,” says Beresin. “Peer pressure,  I mean, the ability to kind of freely use alcohol or drugs and make those decisions on your own without supervision,” he adds.

Several MIT students interviewed in the report agreed with Beresin’s assessment. For the first time, students at MIT are required to take an on-line course on the symptoms of depression and suicide warning signs, the report notes.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 20-to-24 year-olds, and more adolescents and young adults die from suicide than from all other medical causes combined. Also, one in 12 college students have a suicide plan, according to National Data on Campus Suicide and Depression.

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