College students can be uniquely susceptible to conditions like depression and anxiety but finding help on campus can be challenging.
Some students are afraid, embarrassed, or may not to know where to go for help. Others may discover that due to increasing demands, their college counseling center can only offer short-term services.
Active Minds is a national non-profit organization that seeks to address these challenges head on via local, student-run chapters that work to empower students to speak openly about the importance of mental health, encourage students to seek help when needed, and advocate for quality services on campus.
Why is mental health awareness & advocacy on college campuses so important?
According to Active Minds:
Mental health issues are a leading impediment to academic success among college students. Untreated mental illness in the college student population — including depression, anxiety and eating disorders — is associated with lower GPA and higher probability of dropping out of school. Treatment is effective and available yet because of an unnecessary shame surrounding these issues, mental health is not discussed and too many students are suffering in silence.
Commonwealth Psychology Associates is proud to help alleviate demands on college counseling centers by providing counseling services for Boston-area college students. To learn more or inquire about services, please click here.
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