1 in 5 Americans are now living with mental illness

A new study has found that one in five Americans are living with a mental illness, which accounts for about 43.8 million people. The study was done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA) and found that more than 15 million people in the U.S. over the age of 18 suffered from an episode of major depression in 2013, more than nine million reported having serious thoughts of suicide, and 1.3 million actually attempted suicide.

"It is a serious issue that millions of Americans are needlessly affected by mental illness when they can get effective treatment to restore their well-being," SAMHSA administrator Pamela S. Hyde said. "Now more than ever, people can get the help they need to recover from mental disorders and live full, active lives - they just need to take the first step and seek help."

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How Parents Make Things Worse For Struggling College Students

It’s a familiar, annual sight during the college orientations I run: at the snack break, a handful of sad looking students peel off from the crowd, wearing carefully curated first-day outfits and clutching their phones. They cluster along the edges of the room, or just outside, murmuring quietly to their parents. If their hair is long enough, it will hang over their faces to cover tears.

Parents' Guide To College Depression

Most parents of college-bound kids are likely caught up this month in thoughts of shopping lists, what to pack and how they’ll say goodbye. 

But given the growing number of college-aged kids reporting that they’re dealing with depression, it may also be worth it to think about how these kids will handle the sometimes overwhelming transition to being on his or her own–and, should it trigger a mental health disorder, what parents can do. 


First Semester Stress: Tips For Those Entering College With Anxiety And Depression

I bawled for an hour straight when I left my home in New Jersey to drive out to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for my freshman year of college. Actually, I probably ended up crying for half the car ride. I doubt there has ever been a wetter, snottier mess on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. I was not looking forward to the start of college.

Four Tips for Dealing With Mental Health Needs in College

Utilization of mental health services on college campuses have been increasing quickly each year, and college campuses are increasing mental health services in an effort to meeting the needs of students. A recent study found that 1 out every 12 college students have written out a suicide plan.

A dangerous wait: Colleges can’t meet soaring student needs for mental health care

Colleges across the country are failing to keep up with a troubling spike in demand for mental health care — leaving students stuck on waiting lists for weeks, unable to get help.


Naperville North student writes about school's 'pressure culture' -- and community responds

A Naperville North High School student touched a nerve and sparked a communitywide conversation when she posted an online petition seeking to change the "pressure culture" at her school. 

Mental Health Problems Rising Among College Students

Amy Ebeling struggled with anxiety and depression throughout college, as her moods swung from high to low, but she resisted help until all came crashing down senior year. 

“At my high points I was working several jobs and internships — I could take on the world,” said Ebeling, 24, who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey last December.

American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.




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