Raised with no coping mechanisms: Majority of college students says they’re stressed, many report suicidal thoughts

Maybe kids have a problem with self-identity because choosing from 31 genders is exhausting.

Maybe not everyone should be given a participation trophy.

Maybe kids shouldn’t be glued to smartphones.

Maybe kids should lay off the social media platforms.

Maybe we should let boys be boys.

Maybe girls should know that today’s feminism really isn’t their friend.

Maybe we shouldn’t teach white children that they are responsible for every racist problem because of their skin color.

Maybe political correctness is stifling our children.

Maybe progressive “values” aren’t that healthy for our children.

From Yahoo (via GMA): Sending a child off to college is an immense accomplishment for parents, who can finally breathe a sigh of relief. But teens on campus find a vastly different view of what a college environment is like, including its demands and challenges. A new study supports this, finding that students are much more stressed than parents, or anyone else, might realize.

The study, published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety, found that mounting expectations, an evolving sense of self-identity, and the typical shock of leaving home for a new place are making college students more vulnerable to mental health risks, including suicidality.

Anxiety and depression rates have been rising, according to the study, which found three out of every four college students reporting at least one stressful life event within the past year — involving everything from social relationships to personal appearance to problems with family. Twenty percent said they experienced greater than five stressful life events within that same time frame.

“College is very stressful in an alarming way. That’s important for parents to be aware of,” lead author of the study Cindy Liu, PhD, a psychologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told ABC News.

Liu conducted the study by surveying over 67,000 college students from over 100 college campuses about their stress, anxiety and depression. They were also asked directly if they’d had suicidal thoughts or made attempts to harm themselves. One in five students said they had thought of suicide, while about one in 10 actually attempted it. Each of those statistics is more than double the national average for adults.

“Even if you have a student who is doing well in school, it doesn’t mean they aren’t dealing with something internally,” Liu said. “You have to peel back more layers. That is the real struggle for parents and colleges — identifying those students who are quietly enduring a significant mental health experience.”

The survey asked about 15 different types of mental health issues, ranging from anorexia to anxiety and panic attacks to addiction. Liu also highlighted one particularly nuanced strength of the study: it pinned down conflicts with self-identity. For example, those who identified as a sexual minority tended to have the highest rates of mental health diagnoses. Gay, lesbian, and bisexual students reported thoughts or actions related to killing themselves two to three times more often than heterosexual students. Transgender students, meanwhile, were among the highest in reported mental health diagnoses and suicidality.

Black and Hispanic students reported mental health diagnoses and self-harm at lower rates than whites; however, multiracial students were more likely to admit thoughts of suicide or previous attempts. These numbers are striking, but in reality, they could actually be worse than the study indicates, since stigmas surrounding sexual identity and mental health may have caused students to underreport their problems.

The findings add gravity to the well-known relationship between trauma, mental health, and suicide, and indicate that college, for some, is far from a carefree environment. It’s important that colleges and students realize the stress is real, and that they make adequate college-based mental health resources available.

For parents of college-bound students, these statistics are unsettling. They may indicate a greater need to pay attention to the mental health experiences of college students, especially when it comes to self-identity.

“Try to normalize the college experience and the stressors involved,” Liu said. “It is critical to think about their identity, and how that matters to their complete mental health experience.”


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Carl R Hassell
Carl R Hassell
2 years ago

These crybabies are embarrassing. But I do have to consider the various forms of dumbing down that has been pummeling society for a long time now. These kids are some of the results of that re-engineering. For those of us over 50, these kids would not have survived the events that took place in our own personal and social lives!!! Cracks me up. LOL

2 years ago

Excellent article. Tell me, when did “we” decide that we didn’t know what we were doing for all those years? Boys being boys and girls being girls was acceptable. Now it isn’t? Life is full of disappointments and challenges. Now that is no longer acceptable? Pray, who is going to ensure that life is always as we wish it? Isn’t part of growing up learning to cope with life’s little challenges? Isn’t running away to a corner and sucking one’s thumb an undesirable avoidance maneuver? Well, I say they’re breeding cattle. They’re doing a pretty good job of it too.… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
2 years ago

How sad.

What will America be like when this stressed-out, suicidal generation take over as adults?

2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I suspect that’s part of the plan. “They” don’t want anyone to “take over”. They will supply the order giving class. All the rest have to do is say “moo”.

Jackie Puppet
2 years ago

A lot of these kids bring their problems upon themselves. Some of them think their parents are mind-readers, and should be able to see all the warning signs that something’s wrong with their kid. Some kids are drama queens, and/or products of their ghetto environment. Some kids want to blame everybody but themselves for their problems in life. They wanted to be considered “grown-ups” while in high school, and now that they’re legally adults, they’re getting called out on it, in a way, and they can’t handle it. When I went to college, I was the first one from either… Read more »

2 years ago

Goobermint ejumikashion and wussification is really beginning to pay off for the globalist statist commies.

Most of these snowflakes will never make enough to pay off their worthless degrees, and they will willingly vote for whoever comes along and promises them the most free sh*t.

By the time these goobers figure out it really isn’t free, it will be too late.

Joseph BC69
Joseph BC69
2 years ago

I don’t know, I just don’t know… How more stressed can these people be than those of us who graduated high school in 1960 and then had to face being drafted, campus rebellions against atavistic policies and strange administrative rules more befitting unruly children than young adults, as well as sex drugs and rock and roll. Is it a miracle that we were able to survive? Or is it that humans are much tougher than they give themselves credit for, but they don’t know this until they’re up against it, and go through it. As Friedrich Nietzsche sagely observed, “What… Read more »

2 years ago

Whether you are grauating from HS or college…..3 weeks into the REAL WORLD —and that world will smack you on the head and give you the lessons you’ve been coddled through/protected from up until that point. The strong….the “sprinters” the “long-haulers,” the focused and responsible, will inherit the Earth….and the paychecks.

But then again, I digress….there’s always mom and dad’s basement or garage “apartment.”