- September, 27 2016
- Kathleen Qu, M.Sc
80% of 18 to 24 year olds in Ontario are registered in colleges or universities. It is around this age bracket that many mental health concerns first begin to appear. The Ontario University and College Health Association (OUCHA) conducted a survey on over 25, 000 students attending Ontario colleges and universities in spring 2016. The major findings are as follows:
- 65% of students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety some time within the last 12 months
- 13.7% seriously considered suicide some time within the last 12 months
- 46% felt so depressed that it was difficult to function some time within the last 12 months
- 26.1% of students reported some diagnoses or treatment of a mental health concern within the last year
Counsellors see the constant daily struggles faced by students...