It's Harder for Some to Seek Help
A recent survey conducted by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor found that almost 15% of students surveyed experienced distressing periods. Researchers found that more than 50% of college students who show significant anxiety or depression symptoms avoid seeking help, even though help is available to them at no cost.
The survey also found that:
- Socioeconomically disadvantaged students had a greater chance of having mental health issues.
- Socioeconomically disadvantaged students were twice as likely to avoid seeking help as their wealthier counterparts.
- Students of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage were more prone to avoiding seeking help for mental health issues.
- Women students recognized the need for treatment and sought help more often than male students.
- lack of perceived need (i.e., failing to recognize a mental health issue)
- lack of awareness of services or insurance coverage
- skepticism about the effectiveness of treatment
Researchers also suggested that "sophomore blues" resulting from midterm academic pressure and mental upsets during home-to-school transition periods can carry over into adulthood.
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