Sobek 1Daria SobekProfessor WillEnglish 1001.61November 28, 2018The Rise in Mental Health Issues on College CampusesStereotypes about the typical college student and college life are those created inHollywood movies likeAnimal HouseandBack to School. These movies poke fun at academicinstitutions and the college education process leading everyone to believe that four years ofcollege is easy and stress free. All that a student has to do is maybe show up to class, write apaper, take a test, but make sure you get to the next party, football tailgate, or the gym for aworkout. Completing the academic requirements to earn an undergraduate degree within thestandard four-year time period is no small feat. No one sees the dirty work a student puts in to besuccessful.According to the “2016-17 Healthy Minds Study, the proportion of studentsexperiencing suicidal ideation has grown from 6 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2017. Thepercentage of students receiving psychotherapy has jumped from 13 percent to 24 percent overthe same period” (Burwell 150).Mental disorders are on a rise in number and severity in collegestudents because of many factors that include the stigma in seeking help, the availability ofservices, life stressors, safety and economic security.Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace. There is a stigma surrounding mental healthawareness and seeking treatment. Societal perception about addressing mental health issues andseeking treatment are seen as signs of weakness. “Stigma associated with mental health illnesshas been identified as a key attitudinal factor that may impede mental health service use, and
Sobek 2stigma reduction” (Eisenberg et al., 523). As prominent public figures like basketball star KevinLove raise the awareness about mental illness and talk about available treatments. These actionsremove the stigma as the discussion becomes more mainstream. Removing mental health stigmasand treatment roadblocks has impact for college students. Colleges provide a unique opportunityto identify, prevent, or treat mental disorders because campuses often encompass students’residences, social networks, and many services” (Eisenberg et al., 523). Since most colleges haveaffordable mental health services available to all students, “lower financial barriers mayencourage favorable attitudes about services” (Eisenberg et al., 538). If students recognizemental health symptoms early and are not afraid to seek treatment using campus resources, theymay be able to prevent or easily manage their disorder. Mainstream mental health awareness,education and on-campus resources knock down the myths and stigmas associated with mentalillness and seeking help.