College Insights · Article

How Can We Further College Student Wellness?

August 22, 2019

Mental Health and Well-Being on Campus: How we better care for the whole student

Over three-quarters of college students report having struggled with mental health issues. As college student wellness crises increase, higher education leaders are asking a vital question. How can we serve the whole student?

The latest Barnes & Noble College report, Mental Health and Well-Being on Campus: How we better care for the whole student, includes research from thousands of college students and parents nationwide. The data brings new insight to the discussion in higher education about how to ensure students have the support they need for success.

>>Download Mental Health and Well-Being on Campus: How we better care for the whole student

A common struggle among today’s college students

College student wellness affects the entire institution: its graduation rates, finances and ability to meet its mission. Our research reveals how student wellness issues infuse every aspect of the college journey. It answers questions about pressing concerns:

  • The student experience with anxiety, depression and financial stress
  • Student personal distress over national issues like gun violence and political division
  • How students cope with stressors
  • The activities college students find most fulfilling
  • Student awareness and use of campus mental health resources

Some key data from the report

  • 89% of college students report high levels of stress
  • 86% report anxiety
  • 66% report depression

Every campus stakeholder has a role in college student wellness

This report shows that every campus stakeholder can help further college student happiness. Learn about strategies that will help us all better care for the whole student. Read the full report.

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