Know the signs
It's important for all students to be proactive about their mental health by making smart lifestyle choices, developing good coping skills and practicing stress management. But for students dealing with mental illnesses like depression, or anxiety disorders, college can be a trying – and even dangerous time.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can dramatically impact a person's thoughts, feelings, judgment and ability to function. These conditions can affect people of any age, but often first appear between the ages of 18 and 24. If unaddressed, these illnesses can lead to distress, dangerous behaviors like substance abuse and thoughts of suicide.