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ERIC Number: EJ846699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-15
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Nourishing Students' Mental Health in a Difficult Economy
Speer, Nicole; McFaul, Mimi; Mohatt, Dennis
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n36 pA25 May 2009
Recent research on the mental health of college students conducted by Daniel Eisenberg, principal investigator in the multiyear Healthy Minds study, indicates that as many as one in five college students may suffer from depression, generalized anxiety disorder, or a panic disorder. Although it's too early to assess the effect of the economic crisis on students, evidence suggests that financial issues are having an impact. The study's preliminary data from 2007, which included more than 5,600 students at 13 colleges and universities, found symptoms of depression among nearly one-third of those who reported financial struggles at the time of the study. Given the prevalence of the onset of mental illness during the college years, colleges are in an optimal position to intervene and prevent the worsening of feelings of sadness, anxiety, and social isolation that have the potential to deteriorate into full-blown disorders requiring a higher level of care. Colleges need a new approach to serving students with mental-health problems, whose numbers are likely to rise as a result of the economic crisis. Programs that reduce stigma and increase general awareness and early detection of mental-health problems, paired with a "grow your own" work-force model, could provide a solution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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