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College Student Mental Health Project Studies 2018

Reporting for this project was supported by a grant from the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

 

Health science and policy major Nayana Bhaskar was about midway through her sophomore year at UC Irvine, when she felt herself falling apart. She’d always been a driven student, landing a 4.0 grade point average in her first quarter. She relished intellectual conversations with professors and ...

 

At age 21, Magaly Mendez has battled more challenges than most people ever will. The fourth year sociology student at UC Irvine grew up poor in west Los Angeles, the daughter of an overworked and undocumented single mom. As a child, she said, she suffered multiple incidents of sexual abuse. But her ...

 

Emily Taylor, 21, was convinced she was having a heart attack. It was the first quarter of her third year studying communications at Cal State Long Beach and, increasingly, she was feeling ill. She…

 

Growing up in culturally conservative Malaysia, Jack Lam feared he’d never find acceptance. Lam doesn’t fully identify as either a man or a woman. By age 14, he was contemplating suicid…

 

“I see the effort that is put into improving and making changes and trying to meet the students’ needs… (But) I feel like we don’t see the improvements as students.”

 

Jeff Tan keeps a packed schedule. Not because he wants to but because Tan, a mental health therapist at Cal State San Bernardino, worries what might happen if he takes a break. New students are add…

 

All kinds of colleges are dealing with unprecedented student demand for mental health services, but at religious schools, the trend is often handled in multiple ways. For the 6,000-plus students at Biola University, help can come from both counselors and spiritual advisors. Biola does not skimp on ...

 

Mental health resources at SoCal universities are being stretched thin due to increased anxiety, depression and other issues among students. According to a recent survey conducted by USC Center for Health Reporting and Southern California News Group, there’s been an increased demand for counseling ...

 

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