“Suicidal thinking, severe depression and rates of self-injury among U.S. college students more than doubled over less than a decade,” research indicated. After examining “data from two large annual surveys of college undergraduates covering the years 2007-2018, researchers found a broad worsening of mental health indicators including depression overall, anxiety, low flourishing and suicidal planning and attempts, particularly in the second half of the study period.” The findings were published online on July 3 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
I have written about this situation previously. At a time when young people should be excited to face their future, many are not. With the fear of mass shootings and massive college debt, what could be worse? What is the value of a college education when everyone who wants one is given one even if they don’t pay for it or don’t maintain the grades to pass courses? Young people today get a degree with barely passing grades in a subject that millions of other people have a degree in, often with better grades than them. This is all while knowing that they will not likely work in the field of their college study. That is enough to make anyone depressed.
Please call your children in college regularly to ask them about how they feel.