Sure, staying physically active is an important part of a student’s health in college, but a more important health factor is widely overlooked: Mental health. Eating right and exercising help maintain a healthy physical appearance, but even the healthiest looking people can be hiding something more on the inside. Mental health for students in college is a growing concern. An earlier NPR broadcast stated that in 2007, the number of mental health problems reported by students was about 15 percent, which was 10 percent higher than in 2000. Today, a recent article published by USA Today stated one in every 10 students is getting mental health counseling in college.
Depression, anxiety, stress, isolation, nervousness, fear…all those emotions contribute to a person’s mental state of mind. Many students don’t like to admit they need help or someone to talk to, but sometimes it is necessary. College is the beginning of a new chapter for many students, and adjusting to college life can be overwhelming at times. This USA Today article gives an inside look on several college students who open up about their experience with depression, stress, anxiety, and the like.
Reaching out for help is not a weakness. The only weakness is letting yourself get consumed by negative thoughts and emotions, rather than seeking out counseling. In the end, health revolves around the body, soul and MIND.