Anyone who has been to college, especially anyone who has moved away from home for the first time knows what a stressful time it is for the average student. Combining the usual stressors facing most college students such as; competitiveness, high tuition concerns, acceptance rate, crime rate & economy with chronic illness and you have a recipe for mental health disaster.
According to a study “here“, these are hard numbers:
6 % of undergraduates and 4 percent of graduate students in 4-year colleges have “seriously considered attempting suicide” in the past year—and nearly half of each group did not tell anyone.
3X: The suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and Suicide is currently the 2nd most common cause of death among college students.
1,100: number of suicides that occur at colleges every year – that’s roughly 7.5 per 100,000 students. 1 in 12: number of college students who have actually made a suicide plan at some point 1.5: number of college students out of every 100 who have actually attempted it.
2X as many young men, ages 20-24, commit suicide, compared with young women.
In the past 50 years, the suicide rate for those age 15-24 increased by over 200%.
12 people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today – that is one about every two hours.
After reviewing these statistics, I wanted to find out how easy it is for a student at major Universities (such as Harvard) to find access to mental health services. Harvard was of particular interest to me because they were listed as the 2nd most stressful University. However, it took several clicks & extensive research to locate such services. Would a student in crisis or seriously considering suicide bother to go to such lengths to find help? Should that help be so difficult to find? No, of course not.
In a perfect world, every student would have access to all medical and mental health records/resources in one easy-to-access place. One place they know they can go and help is just a click away.