College students are stressed out. Listen to this message about why and what is being done about it.
Stressed Out Students
Before young people join us in the adult work and family responsibility world they are already experiencing the effects of stress from the academic world. College life is not a full time party for all students. There is a lot of pressure to study, hand in assignments on time, and perform well on exams. Students and or their parents usually have a huge financial investment which is at risk if they don’t do well. Most also have the stress of looking forward to graduating with a large amount of student loan debt. They are also already worrying about the challenge of competing with the masses to find a job after graduation.
According to a May 27, 2015 New York Times article anxiety is the most common mental health problem of college students. A study by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State revealed that more than half of 100,000 students indicate that anxiety is a health concern for them. A survey by the American College Health Association showed that more than 16 percent of college students have been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last year. These are numbers of people who actually seek help. Usually with mental health issues including anxiety many people do not seek help. Considering this, the problem is even greater.
Many colleges and universities have counseling centers to help students with problems like anxiety and depression. Some of them are beginning to reach or surpass their capacity.
Counseling centers offer individual and group therapy, mindfulness training, stress kits including things like stress balls that you squeeze as a way to relieve stress, and pet therapy. Some also offer biofeedback which uses technology to measure things like muscle tension, heart rate, breathing, sweat, and brainwave activity. Biofeedback shows a person the levels of these signals so that they can become more aware of the changes and learn how to regulate them by the power of their own mind. This gives them a sense of control which is key in reducing anxiety. If you feel that you have no control in a situation you feel more anxious. When you feel like you have some control in a situation it helps to reduce anxiety. Students need to have stress management assistance made available to them to help them to maintain or regain their mental health as well as perform at their best in their studies.
For a free stress card and other free information on stress management text STRESS to 55469
Harry L. Campbell
President, Biofeedback Resources International
Author of the book “What Stress Can Do”