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Literature ReviewMental health issues are a leading impediment to academic success among college students. Untreatedmental illness in the college student population — including depression, anxiety and eating disorders —is associated with lower GPA and higher probability of dropping out of school. Treatment is effective andavailable yet because of an unnecessary shame surrounding these issues, mental health is not discussedand too many students are suffering in silence.Mental health issues are prevalent among college students:According to NAISM, an estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – or about 1 in 4 adults -live with a diagnosable mental health disorder.Half of all serious adult psychiatric illnesses – including major depression, anxiety disorders, andsubstance abuse – start by 14 years of age. Three-fourths of them are present by 25 years of age.Compared to older adults, the 18-24-year-old age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking.Needs Assessment
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