The kids are not alright
It should not surprise us that students are stressed, anxious, depressed, and unhappy. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called this trend an “epidemic of anguish.”
Consider the following scary statistics:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged students, with an estimated 1,088 occurring on U.S. campuses each year.
- 44% of undergraduates sampled by the American College Health Association (ACHA) reported feeling “more than average stress” in the last twelve months, while 12% reported “tremendous stress.”
- 15% of undergraduates sampled by the ACHA reported being diagnosed or treated for both anxiety and depression.
- Students in the Class of 2016 have, on average, $37,172 in student loan debt.
- Nationally, 89% of low-income first-generation students leave college within six years without a degree.
These statistics are deeply troubling and indicate many students are struggling.
“Finding the joy in learning is impossible when you are overwhelmed and chronically stressed.”
Helping students succeed
But it’s not simply students who need help. Parents and other family members are partners in their student’s college experience, and this includes their mental health. However, many families lack the skills and knowledge to support their students in productive ways, especially when behavioral health issues arise.
As the parent of a college student, you are walking a precarious tightrope, trying to balance being nurturing with encouraging responsibility and independence. When your child is struggling, you want to help but perhaps you’re not sure how to be supportive.
I’m here to help!
Together, we will navigate the often bumpy road leading from freshman year to graduation. We’ll build a toolbox of skills, resources, and strategies that will address common “pain points” that can interfere with a student’s success, including:
- Successfully transitioning to college
- Managing stress in healthy ways
- Practicing self-care for mind and body
- Balancing academics with other competing demands
- Understanding the “quarter-life crisis”
- Getting help on and off campus
- Improving communication between student and family