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mental health

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Its all about mental health

AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH ASSOCIATION National College Health Assessment Data*

Top five impediments to academic performance:

  1. Stress
  2. Cold/Flu/Sore Throat
  3. Sleep difficulties
  4. Concern for friend of family
  5. Depression/anxiety disorders

(1 through 4 have remained unchanged since ACHA-NCHA survey in 2000)

The rate of students reporting ever being diagnosed with depression has increased 56% in the last seven years, from 10% in spring 2000 to 16% in fall 2007.

13% of students reported experiencing an emotionally abusive relationship in the last school year.

* Source: American College Health Association

http://www.acha-ncha.org/pubs_rpts.html 

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TIPS FOR MAINTAINING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH:

(2006 BACCHUS Network)

  • Practice positive thinking: you don’t need to be perfect, if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, take time to slow down and make a plan for what you want to do.
  • Your physical health has an impact on your mental health: make sure you get enough sleep, eat right and exercise regularly, and take time for yourself on a regular basis.
  • Stay connected with others: talk to someone when you are upset, get involved in social networks or volunteer with a local organization.