MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
One out of every five (1/5) college students is depressed or suffering anxiety. Many young people think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences, being away from home and strict secondary school rules and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one’s true self.
So why are these disorders so prevalent?
- Use of technology:
Social media and technology are among the most dangerous of these factors. Excessive use of each tends to engender impaired social interactions and an increased sense of isolation. It also fosters a certain competition between one’s real life and one’s virtual life. Continued use (constantly connectedness as most youth refer themselves to) leads to sleep deprivation.
- Academic Pressure:
There is a general misconception that University academic life is simple, easy and not rigorous. To the contrary, students are expected to be self-driven, good time managers and goal oriented. There is a lot of self-reading and research that is expected of the students. Research is the hallmark of university education. Some students also find themselves in courses that they selected because of the prestige associated with them and not passion for the specific courses. This further exacerbates the pressure.
- Financial Stress:
Financial stresses brought about by the rising cost of college fees, cost of living and upkeep (food, hostel, accommodation and other related costs). Including the fear of not getting a job after college and having to move back home and become dependent on the parents after graduation, are associated with increased risk for depression and anxiety in college students.
- Addictions and other addictive behaviours:
Alcohol and drugs abuse is on the rise among college students. This is mainly attributed to peer influence, very high and elaborate social life by college students. Alcohol and drugs are also used as psychological painkillers meant to numb out pain, frustrations and stressors associated with college life. Betting and gaming are on the rise among students and this leads to an addiction in betting which in turn results to depression and suicide.
”People don't feel comfortable getting mental health care, necessarily, because they're worried that their friends are going to think they're unstable or they're crazy.”
Let us end the stigma, let us seek help #4BodyAnd Mind