The college years may be some of the best of our lives, but they can also be some of the most stressful. In fact, a survey of current college freshmen found that almost 10 percent reported frequently feeling depressed, and about 35 percent felt “overwhelmed” by schoolwork and other commitments. To cope with these pressures, some students turn to prescription stimulants and opioid painkillers. One recent study found that one in five college students has misused prescription stimulants.
Why are today’s students feeling so stressed, and what can we do to help them deal with their anxiety more constructively? Do anti-drug programs work? Should mental health be part of the college curriculum? These are among the questions we’ll be exploring during a Twitter chat we’re co-hosting with The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a joint program of the Clinton Foundation and The Jed Foundation. The Campus Program is designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance misuse, and prevent suicide among their students, and we’re delighted to be joining forces with them.
The chat will take place on Tuesday, March 3 from 2 PM to 3 PM EST. We’ll hear from medical and mental health professionals, college administrators, and members of the media. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to participate, and we especially encourage college students to share their perspectives. Log on to Twitter and use the hashtag #CampusRx to find us, see what people are saying, and tweet your own questions and responses. Be sure to follow @MyHealthyU and @Phoenixhouse, who will lead the discussion, and include #CampusRx in your own tweets. We hope you’ll be a part of the conversation. To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Back to Index