Mental Health Among College Students

Mental Health in our country is a very big issue for any age. This article is centered around the mental health of college students specifically. College students go through a lot of pressures and struggles while being in college. Some of the struggles college students go through are peer pressure, studying, keeping up a specific GPA, financial responsibilities, being away from home, etc.

With all of these piling up on students, sometimes they struggle mentally. As a college student, I know for myself the difficulty to manage time well, so I totally understand how that may be a common struggle among college students. After reading an article from The New York Times, published in July of this year, I found a few facts and studies that were interesting about the mental health of college students. 

In a 2017 survey, of more than 700 parents and guardians, over 40 percent said they did not discuss the potential for either anxiety or depression when helping their teenagers prepare for college or postsecondary school. 

More than 60 percent of students surveyed during the 2020-2021 academic year met the criteria for one or more mental health problems, a nearly 50 percent increase from 2013. 

These are two of the many studies done in the world that prove that mental health is a major struggle for students planning on or already in college. When we as college students feel depressed or anxious, I strongly suggest talking to your parents or university guidance counselors. When you communicate with people about your struggles and feelings you can start to seek any treatment and formulate a plan for when these moments of depression or anxiety come about. In conclusion, mental health is serious and should be taken seriously, so everyone can get any treatment they need to be at their best. 

If you or a fellow classmate you know struggle with mental health problems and need someone to talk to please contact:

Holy Family University Counseling Center

   Phone: 267-341-3222


   Hours: M-F 9am-4pm

   Location: Campus Center, Second Floor- Rooms 202&204

By: Camille Hayes class of 2025