Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space. http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle
A quarter of college students were diagnosed with mental health conditions within the past year, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The report was released in the journal Depression & Anxiety on Thursday.
Researchers said the startling numbers of students suffering from a mental health conduction was likely a factor of overwhelming stress after 75 percent of students reported facing at least one stressful event over the course of a year. A fifth of them reported battling at least six significantly stressful instances within the same time period.
The survey asked students how often they experienced stress, depression and anxiety in their daily lives and questioned if they had been diagnosed with mental health conditions in the past year. Stress-factors were based on traumatic events and moments of difficulty—whether personal or academically related—including financial hardship, career-related struggles, family disparities, self-esteem issues, health problems, trouble sleeping, intimate and social relationships and loss of a loved one.
A Centers for Disease Control report released in June said nearly 45,000 people in the U.S. died from suicide in 2016. The department found suicide was up all across the states between 1999 and 2016 while more than half of the U.S. saw a 30 percent increase in suicide. Of the deaths, more than 50 percent didn’t suffer from known mental health conditions.