Tag Archives: mental health

Is poor mental health hurting our economy?

Across America, millions of people struggle with issues such as anxiety and depression. Not only do these mental health disorders affect the productivity and quality of life of those who suffer from them, but they also have an impact on the success of our society. Mental health issues are draining the economy in more ways […] … learn more→

University student mental health care is at the tipping point

University student mental health care is at the tipping point

As a new crop of students enter university, the sense of hope and promise is tangible. While students are at an exciting developmental stage, as a researcher and practising clinical consultant to university student health services, I know that for some students the associated stress and new pressures will become overwhelming. Several authoritative reports from Canada and […] … learn more→

Are you mentally well enough for college?

Are you mentally well enough for college?

Last spring an 18-year-old college freshman who got straight A’s in high school – but was now failing several courses – came to my office on the campus where I work as a psychologist. The student was seeking a medical exception so that he could withdraw from the classes he failed instead of taking the F’s and […] … learn more→

6 ways to protect your mental health from social media’s dangers

6 ways to protect your mental health from social media’s dangers

More than one-third of American adults view social media as harmful to their mental health, according to a new survey from the American Psychiatric Association. Just 5% view social media as being positive for their mental health, the survey found. Another 45% say it has both positive and negative effects. Two-thirds of the survey’s respondents believe […] … learn more→

Perfectionism, an epidemic hidden among young people

Perfectionism, an epidemic hidden among young people

We are university teachers and every day many young people knock on our door. They tend to be ambitious, bright and hardworking. They have a wide network of friends and have the support of their families. But no matter how balanced they seem: we have observed that they are increasingly more likely to seek our support not only […] … learn more→

Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in schoo

Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in schoo

After the recent report by The Children’s Society that a quarter of 14-year-old girls have self-harmed, many campaigners have called for the root causes of the adolescent mental health crisis to be tackled – rather than just firefighting the symptoms. Resilience lessons, peer mentoring, awareness campaigns and provision of early intervention may be valuable initiatives. But they do […] … learn more→

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

What colleges must do to promote mental health for graduate students

Sara did not expect much to come from her visit to the university’s counseling center, but she was concerned enough about the dark thoughts she’d been having that she decided to go anyway. As she sat in the waiting room after turning in the patient questionnaire, she thought: “It’s probably not a big deal. I’m […] … learn more→

Suicides at record level among UK students

Suicides at record level among UK students

According to a recent study, the rates of suicide among students in the UK has reached record levels. The international study, by Raymond Kwok and colleagues at Hong Kong University’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, provides further evidence that large numbers of students attending UK universities are struggling to maintain their mental health. The study […] … learn more→

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Going off to college might be a source of anxiety for some students, but once a student is on campus it shouldn’t be a total drag. But that tends to happen more frequently when a student ends up at a college where the student body is weaker academically overall than the one where the student […] … learn more→

Why the mental ill health of academic researchers remains a hidden problem

Why the mental ill health of academic researchers remains a hidden problem

Students at universities are not the only ones who suffer from mental ill-health. While in recent years they have arguably received more attention, particularly in the UK, academic staff at universities and other higher education institutions require support too. In fact, the recent suicide of a professor in the US has sparked renewed discussions about supporting the mental health […] … learn more→