Helping Distressed Students. Student Mental Health: How are our students feeling and what can we do to help?. State of student mental health today How we got to this point What we can do to help. Student Mental Health.
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Student Mental Health: How are our students feeling and what can we do to help?
Historically, college student mental health was considered from a developmental view
Students reporting a diagnosis of clinical depression increased from 10% in 2000 to 18% in 2008 (NCHA)
Stress is the number one factor impeding college student success (ACHA, 2009)
Impediments to Academic Success
(37 unique categories listed, the above were the 7 with a prevalence greater than 11%)Today
A recent Michigan State study found the critical event having the most influence on whether students drop out of school is depression.
Used with permission from ACT n=3356, return rate of 25.4%
Students believe their generation will be less successful than their parents, so there is more pressure to succeed
Sometimes a bad event can push a person to complete suicide.
Suicide results from serious psychiatric disorders, not just a single event. One bad event will not normally push someone without a psychiatric disorder to commit suicide.
One caveat, when dealing with youth and young adults, impulsiveness needs to be taken into consideration.Myths versus facts…
“The solution lies in being aware of it, intervening earlier and providing support with adequate and appropriate services.”
NuranBayram and NazanBilgel
Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey
Bayram & Bilgel, 2008Mental Health & Retention
When someone engages in risky, unhealthy, or suicidal behaviors here is a simple, caring, but assertive way to talk to them.
Counseling Center Web SiteDecision Making Tree
Mental Health First Aid is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support are received or until the crisis resolves.
Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
8 hour training course.Mental Health First Aid