Some Students Heading Off To College May Experience A Mental Health Crisis

TIME (8/31, Rhodan) reports that “young adulthood is a critical period for mental health,” and students heading off to college may end up facing “a pending mental health crisis.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has found that 75% “of mental illnesses are onset by age 24 and 43.8 million adults, about one in five, experienced a mental illness in 2012.”

But, “the experiences students and parents have in dealing with mental illness can vary greatly from campus to campus, making it important for people to gain knowledge about what to expect, and what to look out for, imperative.” On Aug. 31, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in partnership with the Jed Foundation, “released a guidebook for students and parents that outlines warning signs for mental illness, resources available to students, and information parents need to know about getting access to their children’s health information.”

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— “Why College Is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health,” Maya Rhodan, Time, August 31, 2016.

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