Understanding Suicide Prevention (part 4)
Unfortunately, not all students have fun while studying. The pressure that some students get at educational institutions may lead to anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Statistics show that today about 13% of college students have been diagnosed with eating disorder, ADHD, or depression. Alarming statistics state that 31% of those who study in college have thought about suicide during 2013-2014 academic year. During 2008-2009 this number was 25%, which is 6% lower. Knowing how to reduce stress and maintain good mental health in difficult situations helps to prevent suicidal thoughts and attempts. Below, we will study the stats on suicide risk on campuses in the US.
The Increase of Suicide Rates on Campus
As seen from the figures above, the risk of suicide among students has been increasing year after year. The realities of students’ life are such that high demands of academic environment sometimes lead to mental disorders or suicidal tendencies. It is more common to experience these disorders and tendencies for students, who already have some psychiatric illnesses, but there are a lot of other factors that contribute to the emergence of these alarming symptoms. These factors include difficulties in studies, relationships, sexual identity confusion, drug use etc.
Transition from high school to college is also a difficult psychological trial for every student. For students, who suffer from mental illnesses, this transition can become especially difficult, because the stress, which it causes, may lead to the activation of triggers, which stimulate suicidal thoughts.
A lot of colleges realize these problems and implement accessible programs that are intended to help students who suffer from suicidal thoughts. These programs should be focused on removing the causes of suicidal thoughts and tendencies as well as on behavioral healthcare that will increase the awareness of the problem.
Choosing a College
Choosing a college may also activate negative programming in students with psychological problems and illnesses. Therefore it is important to identify the criteria that the college should meet. These criteria may include:
- 24/7 emergency care
- quality campus counseling
- mental health insurance benefits
If mental health is crucial for the student, then selecting an educational institution with excellent healthcare programs will be essential when choosing the college.
10 Things That a Mental-Health-Friendly College Should Have
- The Jed Campus Program (these programs help to prevent mental illnesses, suicide, and substance abuse on the campus)
- Academic and social sides should be balanced
- It should have a lot of freshman orientation options
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program on campus
- Different health and wellness programs
- Peer counseling opportunities
- There should be at least one psychiatrist
- 24/7 emergency care
- Wide range of disability services
- Training for mental health counselors
If the educational institution that you have selected qualifies for 3 or more points from this list, it is a good mental-health-friendly college.