The rate of mental illness has been growing exponentially among college students in recent years. The conclusions from a recent study conducted by NAMI and Abbott Laboratories are alarming:
- One in three students reports experiences of prolonged periods of depression.
- One in four students reports having suicidal thoughts or feelings.
- One in seven students reports engaging in abnormally reckless behavior.
- One in seven reports difficulty functioning at school due to mental illness.
The study also found that students and parents are lacking in awareness and understanding of mental illness despite its common occurrence – especially with bipolar disorder. More information can be found at NAMI.org.
“The impact of untreated mental illness on a college student’s life can be devastating. Undiagnosed mental illness can cause people to withdraw socially, drop out of school, engage in substance abuse, or exhibit other unsettling behaviors.”
– Ken Duckworth, M.D., assistant professor at Harvard Medial School and medical director for NAMI.
Steps to solve this issue have already begun taking place with the development of Bipolar Disorder Awareness Day. The event’s mission is to increase awareness, promote early detection and accurate diagnosis, and reduce negative impact in the general public.
The solution lies within our reach through honest conversations between the parents and students, research, and professional consultation. It is only through awareness that common misconceptions and stigma of mental illnesscan be replaced with understanding and patience.
The Villa Orlando and Pasadena Villa’s Smoky Mountain Lodge are adult intensive psychiatric residential treatment centers for clients with serious mental illnesses. We also provide other individualized therapy programs, step-down residential programs, and less intensive mental health services, such as Community Residential Homes, Supportive Housing, Day Treatment Programs and Life Skills training. Pasadena Villa’s Outpatient Center in Raleigh, North Carolina offers partial hospitalization (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (PHP). If you or someone you know may need mental health services, please complete our contact form or call us at 407-574-5190 for more information.