Nearly 70% of college students say they are experiencing emotional distress or anxiety related to the pandemic. That’s according to a January 2022 survey that also found nearly 9 out of every 10 college students believe U.S. colleges and universities are facing a mental health crisis.
Below are five articles from the archives of The Conversation that highlight tips for college students to take better care of their mental health.
1. Prioritize your mental health
When students do poorly in a class due to mental health issues, occasionally they might seek a medical exception that can withdraw them from the class instead of failing it. But students who get this exception often fail to seek the actual help they need to deal with the mental health issue that led them to do poorly in the first place.
That’s according to Nicholas Joyce, a psychologist at the University of South Florida.
“In my experience, many students who get the medical exception return the next semester without addressing their mental health needs and end up failing more courses,” writes Joyce.
Joyce recommends four ways college students can avoid having to seek a medical exception in the first place.
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