Mental health and stress on college campuses isn’t new. Stress and anxiety have long been connected with higher education under the guise that pushing students to their mental limits is how universities can prepare them for future success.
But there’s a difference between routine stress and the mental health crisis currently running rampant on college campuses across the country. Mental health issues impact every college, regardless of size, location, or academic focus, and are only worsening. Across the country, 73% of university presidents say mental health is their most pressing issue because of its widespread and devastating effects.
A stressed student has a ripple effect. Stress breeds stress and larger mental health issues, which strongly impact other students, professors, and the entire campus community. Eventually, a high level of stress leads to students dropping out because of the mental strain.
In this report, we’ll dive deep into research surrounding stress and mental health issues affecting college students and their impact on the universities—and what you can do about it.