Mental Health in College Students

The goal of my research is to present the truth behind physical fitness and mental health for college-aged people. The sad truth is that 41.6% of college students have said that they feel anxiety on a usual basis and on top of this 36.4% have said they feel depressed. In 2007, the percentage of students experiencing anxiety was around 20% so in just a little more than 10 years the numbers have doubled. To me, it seems that the simplest solution is to invest in your physical well-being. Your mental health is directly correlated to your physical well-being. Studies have shown that exercising regularly eases depression, reduces anxiety, and raises self-esteem. Speaking from experience of attending college full-time as an engineering major and working over 20 hours a week I often struggle to prioritize to investing in my physical and mental health. With these figures being at an all-time high there must be a change made to help our students. Physical exercise promotes a healthy way for students to escape from the stress they experience. It is time to put our student’s mental health into the spotlight.

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  • 41.6% of college students have admitted to feeling anxiety throughout their college life. With these figures being at an all-time high there must be a change made to help our students. Physical exercise promotes a healthy way for students to escape from the stress they experience.

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6 thoughts on “Mental Health in College Students”

  1. Great presentation! This is a topic that I am particularly interested in as I have been reading a lot about the integration of mindful movement in the context of psychotherapy. Do you have any research studies or book suggestions that you found beneficial when researching this topic?

    1. A book I found very useful to begin my research was titled “College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It.” This book got the topic rolling for me and I believe helped point me in the right direction of my paper.

  2. Tiffany Nascimento

    Great topic! I really appreciated your emphasis on at home workouts, especially when we’re learning to live and cope with the ramifications of COVID-19. The one thing that has been keeping my anxiety and depression at bay during this time are my workouts. Thanks for a great presentation!

  3. I love that you mentioned physical activity as a why to help the well-being of students. Often I feel that people always think straight to the pharmaceuticals that can help rather than those little changes that can be made to your daily life to help your brain. Could the doubling in the numbers be related to raising college tuition? More students needing to make more money? It’s an interesting jump and I would like to hear your thoughts on why this might have happened. As for your project; amazing! The serotonin and dopamine released during exercise activities should not be taken lightly, it can be very important.

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