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Colleges urged to screen more for depression. For many young people, the excitement of attending college is often followed by the stress brought on by new challenges.

Colleges urged to screen more for depression

"There's definitely a lot of anxiety and homesickness that comes with going to college for the first time, especially when going to college in a different city or a different state," said Mary Ryu, 20, a second-year public relations and advertising major at Loyola University Chicago. But such anxieties can be a sign of a more serious emotional problem such as depression, a condition that recent studies indicate many schools have failed to fully address. According to a report published in the January issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, about a quarter of all students who visited an on-campus health center facility were diagnosed as depressed.

"I think the stress of academic performance has helped cause an increase in the rate of depression among students," Fleming said. "That's why it's important to take the opportunity to screen at every visit. " Half of college students consider suicide - Health - Mental health. More U.S. College Students Die from Suicide Than Alcohol-Related Causes, U.Va. Researchers Find. Listen to the UVA Today Radio Show report on this story by Marian Anderfuren: November 4, 2011 — Suicide outpaces alcohol as a cause of death among college students, according to the first study in more than 70 years to look at the major causes of college mortality in the United States.

More U.S. College Students Die from Suicide Than Alcohol-Related Causes, U.Va. Researchers Find

Suicide.pdf. Addressing suicide among seemingly successful college students - philly-archives. "I just don't understand what's happening to these high-achieving kids," said Aiello, a New Jersey lawyer.

Addressing suicide among seemingly successful college students - philly-archives

"How did we get to this spot? The whole thing, for me, will never make any sense. " Minn. teen commits suicide after classmates bully her for appearing in porn - NY Daily News. Facebook Alyssa Funke, 19, was relentlessly bullied by former schoolmates after she did an amateur porn shoot.

Minn. teen commits suicide after classmates bully her for appearing in porn - NY Daily News

A stunning Minnesota college freshman honor student tragically killed herself after former classmates relentlessly bullied her for appearing in an amateur porn video. Alyssa Funke, 19, bought a shotgun and committed suicide on her family’s boat on a suburban St. Paul lake in April just two weeks after the skin flick hit porn site Casting Couch. The straight-A student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls was inundated with taunts on Twitter and Facebook after former classmates at Stillwater High School found the flick and huddled around in groups to see her baring it all, KMSP-TV reported. The teen flew out to Las Vegas to film the 'Casting Couch' porn flick earlier this year. College Suicide. Suicide Statistics. Home » Resources » Suicide Statistics Suicide in the United States Each year, 34,598 people die by suicide, an average of 94 completed suicides every day.More people die by suicide (34,598) than by homicide (18,361) in the United States.Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death across all ages.Fifty-four percent of completed suicides are done by firearm.

Suicide Statistics

Suicide Attempt and Ideation in the United States Every year, 864,950 people attempt suicide, which means 1 person attempts suicide every 38 seconds.More than 395,000 people are treated in emergency rooms every year for self-inflicted injuries.It is estimated that 3.7% of the U.S. population (8.3 million people) had thoughts of suicide in the past year, with 1.0% of the population (2.3 million people) developing a suicide plan and 0.5% (1 million people) attempting suicide.Eighty-three percent of suicide attempts involve poisoning.

More Than 50% of College Students Felt Suicidal. BOSTON -- A comprehensive study of suicidal thinking among college students found more than half of the 26,000 surveyed had suicidal thoughts at some point during their lifetime.

More Than 50% of College Students Felt Suicidal

The web-based survey conducted in spring 2006 used separate samples of undergraduate and graduate students from 70 colleges and universities across the country. Of the 15,010 undergraduates, average age 22: 55 percent had ever thought of suicide; 18 percent seriously considered it; and 8 percent made an attempt. Among 11,441 graduate students, average age 30: Exactly half had such thoughts; 15 percent seriously considered it and 6 percent made an attempt. "Suicidal crises are a common occurrence on college campuses," says Chris Brownson, director of the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center in Austin and one of the study's researchers.

On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’ Ian and Cassie Smith-Christmas.

On a brother’s suicide: ‘I wish I had never told him to go to counseling’

(Photo by Ken Smith-Christmas) After reading about suicides at the College of William and Mary — there have been four student deaths this year and eight since 2010, all of them hitting hard at the small, close-knit school — an alumna, Cassie Smith-Christmas, was moved to write about her own experiences. A response from William and Mary immediately follows. By Cassie Smith-Christmas I do not blame William and Mary for my brother’s suicide in April 2010.

This decision was his and his alone and I will never know whether the way William and Mary treated him in the weeks leading up to his tragic decision would have made a difference in the outcome. However, what I do know is that if William and Mary would have had a compassionate policy towards mental illness, they would have saved my family a great deal of anguish in this already immensely difficult time. This has been very difficult for me to write. 2011's Most Stressful Colleges. Suicidal Thoughts Among College Students More Common Than Expected. BOSTON—More than half of 26,000 students across 70 colleges and universities who completed a survey on suicidal experiences reported having at least one episode of suicidal thinking at some point in their lives.

Suicidal Thoughts Among College Students More Common Than Expected

Furthermore, 15 percent of students surveyed reported having seriously considered attempting suicide and more than 5 percent reported making a suicide attempt at least once in their lifetime. Presenting Sunday at the 116th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, psychologist David J. Drum, PhD, and co-authors at the University of Texas at Austin reported their findings from a Web-based survey conducted by the National Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education.

The survey was administered in the spring of 2006 and gathered information about a range of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among college students. The survey was reviewed by the participating campus counseling directors as well as two experts in suicidology. College students facing depression need more than a list of doctors to call. A recently released survey of 150,000 college freshmen found that 9.5% had frequently felt depressed in the last year, up from 6.1% in 2009.

College students facing depression need more than a list of doctors to call

As such numbers rise, some colleges balk at the idea of being "caretakers" for their psychologically fragile students. But ignoring the mental health of freshmen has serious consequences, as I know firsthand. SuicideAmongCollegeStudentsInUS.pdf. Bullying in College. So what is Bullying in College?

Bullying in College

Much of modern discussions about bullying have focused on the K-12 experience. But about what to do if bullied in collage? At the elementary level, we learn and discuss about what can cause early bullying, and more importantly, what steps can be taken to nip this behavior in the bud and offer more positive guidance to youngsters to hopefully keep them from bullying in the future. Early intervention can be crucial as students begin forming their first personalities and building social skills in the K-5 years. At the middle school level, the problem deepens as students sometimes are just moving into puberty and abstract thinking. At the high school level, bullying can be even more advanced. Then is all bullying done when the final bell rings or the final graduate crosses the stage at commencement?