Mental health services are crucially important for student success but often overlooked

Many high school seniors are anxiously awaiting admissions decisions from their dream colleges. Some will have hard choices to make about where to spend the next phase of their education.

Much has been written about how to choose the right college, along with annual lists that rate and compare different schools. These great resources, however, too often do not address a central, vital element: mental health. This is the factor given the least amount of consideration in college decision-making, yet it is essential to many students’ success in college and beyond.

Here’s why: Over 40 percent of college students experience depression. Over a third experience anxiety. One in eight experience thoughts of suicide.

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