There are always a lot of people considering levels of mental health among college students. In a time when depression among youth is approaching dangerous levels, experts are now taking time to examine the various age groups among youth that are prone to developing this condition. The most popular starting point is usually in college.

We must understand that mental issues cannot be considered as a menace of the working population only. The increasing number of students with these problems is topping the list of college issues faced by institutional authorities. Gone are the days when these issues could be traced to a particular population group, engaged in a specific profession or sector. Not anymore. There is now a lot to be said about the psychological problems of college students, some of which don’t get detected on time and blow up into bigger health issues in the future. This is the time when we need to intensify awareness efforts and let the world know that college students as young as at age 19 are prone to having serious challenges with their mental health.

Mental Health: the discourse

Why is there a lot of buzz being generated on the issues surrounding mental health? The answer to this question can be gleaned from the WHO’s definition of health as a whole. The definition mentions a state of total physical, mental and social well-being. This means that health has not just one, but three components.

Although this definition is used in books and lectures, it seems that people are yet to grasp the full scope of it. It is easy to assume this, seeing the amount of attention that is given to maintaining physical health. However, if we are to follow the definition of the WHO when evaluating our students, we might discover a sad reality looming. There are many learners with otherwise healthy bodies, but very sick minds. And they are at the loss on whom to turn to while studying, probably because such issues are not hammered on. The fear of being mocked keeps them silent, and these mental problems persist even after graduation day.

Determining the damage

Usually, before you make an order at the Edubirdie official website, you should know what type of help you need from them. Similarly, before we can offer help to people suffering from depression, we must identify the most common challenges they face. Being able to identify the issues guides us towards initiating the appropriate help process needed.

The following challenges are the most common to ‘rock the boat’ of mental health for learners:

Adaptation disorders

Change can be hard sometimes. The prospect of going to an entirely new place, in another city, to mingle with strangers in pursuit of an entirely new level of education can be quite tough. While most students go through the motions and have minor issues fitting in, there are those whose adjustment is hampered by significant events. The loss of a loved one, a break-up, a new housing or financial hurdle could complicate the speed of adjustment for them.

The best way to help such students is holding physiotherapy sessions or enrolling them in peer support groups. This is to ensure they get all the aid they need and are able to pull through it more effectively.

Addiction

This is perhaps the biggest problem rocking the college mental health of many institutions. Addiction is defined as over-dependence on a substance or person, up to levels which could become hazardous for life. Many college students have never left the comfort of their homes until they got to college. The youthful urge of curiosity pushes many of them to try out things, and in the process, they develop serious addictions. Too embarrassed to talk about it for fear of being judged, they keep to themselves until the addiction consumes them.

There’s nothing to be ashamed if you have an addiction. Recognizing your issues is the first step towards getting help. Psychotherapy and group therapy can be beneficial for these learners. Plus, they should be guided to abstain from the addictive substances.

Depression

Certain levels of stress can push college learners into depression. This can be seen by a progressive drop in performance rate, the student feeling ‘tired of life’ and in the withdrawn mood. Depression could be fatally dangerous because most of the time it’s a ‘silent killer’. People that are laughing with you during the breaks between lessons can feel depressed and sad in the evening. All students should be encouraged to seek counselling in situations when they feel anxious and depressed in order to get the required assistance, and possibly save themselves from further complications.