How can college students improve mental health?

College students can improve their mental health by recognizing the warning signs of anxiety, depression, and burnout, and seeking support when they need it. Most colleges and universities have mental health resources that are underutilized by their student populations like counseling, support groups, and information about seeking outside help. Often, these resources are available to students at no extra cost, but there is sometimes a stigma attached to seeking help.

College students need to speak up about mental health issues, encourage their friends and peers to find help for problems like stress and anxiety, and bring up issues with the faculty and staff of the institution to work for positive changes across campuses. While turning to drugs to improve school performance or unwind after a difficult day can be tempting, they only provide temporary relief and can exacerbate mental illness in the long run.

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