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UIS PERSPECTIVES: Addressing UIS students’ mental, emotional health needs

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by Susan Koch

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 19.9 million students are attending a college or university in the U.S. this year, including students pursuing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Illinois Springfield. Most people think of college as an exciting time of learning and growth — a time to become more independent and develop skills for a professional career.

But for many students, college is also a challenging life stage that can include significant mental health challenges.

In fact, a recent post on the Higher Education Today blog reported more than one in four students have expressed issues with anxiety, three out of 10 struggle with depression, and one in 20 have created a suicide plan in the past year.

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