CampusLife: Mental Health and Well-being on College Campuses

Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent among younger generation. For 75% of individuals with mental health problems, the age of onset is prior to 24 years. College students are known to suffer from mental health issues that can negatively impact academic performance, social relationship and overall well-being. Based on data from 19,861 students over 40 schools, the 2015 National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA II) found that 35.3% students “felt so depressed that it was difficult to function” and 9.6% students have seriously considered suicide at least once in last 12 months.

However, often these mental health issues remain untreated and undiagnosed. The proportion of students with apparent mental disorders who are not receiving treatment is as high as 80%. The resulting treatment gap can be particularly problematic as mental health problems are known to co-occur. Eisenberg et al. found that 67% of students with depression had at least one co-occurring mental health problem including suicide ideation, panic disorder and self-injury. As such, if these issues are not detected and treated early, it can have serious consequences for academic and overall well-being in the long run.