How does college affect the mental health of high school students?
College affects the mental health of high school students in various ways. College-bound students’ mental health can be challenging as they navigate the college admissions process. As the journey is uncertain, students may experience increased stress, anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. As students prepare for their senior year in high school, the additional rigor of preparing for college entrance exams, advanced placement (A.P.) tests, and taking dual credit courses can be very demanding.
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College affects mental health: Disappointment
Students have several different factors leading to a decline in their mental health, including:
- Failure to get into their top colleges
- Unable to obtain scholarships to cover the total cost of college
- Text anxiety resulting in lower-than-expected test scores
- Family trauma, especially the unexpected death of relatives
- Fatigue/exhaustion from an overextended schedule
- An increase in social media usage leads to embarrassment or shaming from peers
College affects mental health: Stressbusters
- Declutter your space will help to declutter your mind. An organized and tidy room can inspire students to apply for college admissions confidently, do homework and write essays.
- Play mood music to relax. Calm music can reduce pulse rates and lead to an increase in creative thoughts.
- Get some sleep. A good night’s sleep is necessary to clear your mind and unblock any mental roadblocks.
- Write in a journal. Journal prompts are helpful as they allow students to express their thoughts and reflect on their day.
- Seek professional assistance. High schools have support networks for students, and many parents can utilize employee assistance programs.
- Prayer and meditation. Connecting to a spiritual source offers students a path to peace beyond the physical realm.
- Start the college preparation process as early as possible.
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