Even though attending college is a special time in an individual’s development, college days aren’t always “the best years of your life” for everyone. The combination of academic, social, and financial pressures students experience can be overwhelming, and multiple studies have shown just how emotionally challenging higher education can be.
For some students who may be prone to mental illness or already suffering from it, these challenges can be too much to bear. If these students don’t get help, they may drop out, adopt dangerous behaviors from binge drinking to eating disorders, or threaten violent action against themselves or others.
As a student affairs professional, you can play a significant role in helping students navigate the thrilling and sometimes tumultuous territory of campus life today. Learn more in How to Respond to Signs of Depression in College Students, a free report from the National Center for Student Life, based on a Magna Online Seminar by Dr. Aaron Hughey.Statistics show just how common mental health problems are on college campuses:
- One out of every two students has faced significant stress or mild depression
- One out of every four students has had at least one episode of psychological dysfunction
- One out of every ten students suffers from serious depression
When students suffer from mental health issues, their academic performance suffers too. Many distressed students drop out, abandoning their dreams, demoralizing the campus, and impacting retention rates and budgets.
How to Respond to Signs of Depression in College Students, edited by Jennifer Garrett, will show you how to help students get the help they need, for troubled individuals and your campus community as a whole.
Student affairs' role in helping students with depression While student affairs professionals frequently have some background in counseling, they don’t have to be professional counselors to make a positive difference in the lives of troubled students. This report will show you how you can support students by using the skills you already have to identify individuals who need help and to make sure they access appropriate campus resources.
The report covers:
- College students in distress: behavioral signs – You’ll learn how categorizing behavior into three different levels can help you assess the need for intervention
- Signs of depression – The report covers the nine most common symptoms, with more listed in a helpful appendix
- Intervention with an emotionally distressed student – You’ll explore eight key recommendations to help you respond appropriately to college students in distress
- Basic counseling skills for student affairs – You’ll review five practices you can use to support communication with troubled students
- How to refer depressed students to university counseling services – Although not all students will require intervention, some will, and this report will show you three ways to make your referrals more effective when they’re needed