Warning Students on Mental Illness

With college students back on campus, the National Alliance on Mental Illness is teaming up with the Jed Foundation to warn about the dangers of mental illness among college students.

They’ve released a guidebook for students and parents laying out some warning signs of mental illness, including depression and schizophrenia. Three quarters of mental illnesses develop before age 24, so college students are at a crucial time of their lives. Meanwhile, many are away from home for the first time, away from the careful eyes of their parents, and may be studying or partying too hard.

Roughly one in five Americans suffered from a mental illness in 2012, the most recent year for which details are available. Yet, “we are not talking enough about mental health,” Darcy Gruttadaro, the director of advocacy and public policy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness tells TIME magazine. “Unfortunately it’s still a taboo topic.”

The goal is to change that.

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Sourced from: TIME Magazine, Why College Is a Risky Time for Students’ Mental Health