Why we Shouldn’t Overlook our Mental Health in College

Why we Shouldn’t Overlook our Mental Health in College
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    Mental health problems are widely ignored.

    Awareness about such things can save thousands of students.


Mental illness is very common among students all over the world today. Most of the mental health issues occur before the age of 23. That’s why college life is considered as the most crucial time of one’s life.

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness:

  • 40% of the students do not open up about their issues.
  • 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
  • 50% have become so anxious that they struggled in school.

Counselors in schools are witnessing an alarming increase in the number of students who are combating with various mental health problems like depression, stress, anxiety or other serious issues.

The most common of all mental health issues are – Depression. It is a common but a very serious issue. There are numerous students who drop out of the school or college every year or even think of ending their lives.

The number one reason for depression is bullying that prevails in most of the colleges followed by drug addiction and stressful academic life. Another often ignored but a really important reason for mental stress and trauma is sexual abuse.

Mental Health Problem Effects

The major and the worst effect of mental health problems is lack of self-confidence, which slowly breaks you as a person. This is one such effect which ultimately has an impact on many other spheres of life as well. Other effects include lower grades in exams or projects, lack of interaction with other students or even worse-dropping out of the college.

It should be on the top of every students’ to-do list to ensure that they are living a balanced life and maintaining it. Some small ways in which you can ensure that you do that are:

Know Yourself

In this hectic schedule, get some time at the end of the day to assess yourself and know about your plus points. If you are feeling low, open up about it. Talk to a friend, teacher or your parent about it. But ensure that you don’t keep it to yourself.

Stay Fit

As goes the popular saying “Sound mind in a sound body.” Make sure that you get your daily dose of exercise. If you don’t prefer exercising, meditation works wonders for relaxing your mind. Take healthy and regular meals and don’t forget to drink plenty of water.


Make a timetable and religiously follow it. Procrastination will only lead to a pile of tasks to be completed later plus the stress. Get an idea of your syllabi, assignments, and activities to properly assign time to every task.

In the end, the most important of all is a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Remember – every day may not be good but there is something good in every day! Get hold of those good things and be grateful. Every day as you set off for the college, embrace your mind with a positive attitude. It surely makes you indestructible from the negativities in life.

Mental health problems are widely ignored. Awareness about such things can save thousands of students. Share this article with people you think are suffering from some low’s in their lives, it may help them and most importantly talk to them so that they don’t feel alone and neglected.

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