An estimated 26 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – or about 1 in 4 adults – live with a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. Stand up to the stigma and learn the facts about mental health below, “Be an Advocate, Be a Friend, Be a Duck!” These are quick references you can find more information by visiting the University Counseling and Testing Center.
3 Quick Facts About Mental Health!
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- Serious psychological disorders are more prevalent among 18-24 year olds than all adults aged 18 or older. However, compared to older adults, the 18-24 year old age group shows the lowest rate of help -seeking.
- Mental health issues in the college student population, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disor- ders, are associated with lower GPA and higher probability of dropping out of college.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students, claiming the lives of 1,100 students each year.
The Basics on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder can be found here in a convenient PDF format:Active Minds Facts on Eating Disorders
Depression, Does NOT Define ME.
- Nearly half of all college students feel so depressed at some point they have trouble
- Be an Advocate and know the facts Be a Friend and know the signs learn more about Depression in a convenient PDF Format.
Anxiety disorders can develop at any age, but most often appear between a person’s teens and late twenties. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults every year, learn the facts and symptoms in this easy PDF format:Anxiety PDF.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, AKA: P.T.S.D
PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can result from experiencing a traumatic event. Learn the symptoms know the signs, be a FRIEND. Learn more here: PTSD in PDF
- PTSD affects 7.7 million Americans in a given year.
- PTSD can occur at any age, including during childhood.
- Anniversaries of the event are often very difficult for individuals with PTSD, so it is crucial to be extra supportive on those days.
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