The Scope of the Problem
Stress & Anxiety Increase in College When Not Addressed in High School
In its annual survey of students, the American College Health Association found a significant increase—to 62% in 2016 from 50% in 2011—of undergraduates reporting “overwhelming anxiety” in the previous year. For seven consecutive years, anxiety has been the most frequent complaint of college students seeking mental health counseling.
In 1985, the Higher Education Institute at UCLA began asking college freshman if they felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the previous year. When the study began in 1985, 18% agreed they felt overwhelmed; however, in 2016, the percentage spiked to 41%.
The National Education Association Has Labeled the Rate of Student Anxiety an Epidemic
According to mental health surveys, today’s teenagers are more anxious than ever. Anxiety is a tsunami that has overtaken the social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of our students.