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Survey: 64 Percent of College Students With Mental-Health Issues Drop Out

from The Daily Cougar

Mental health may be a larger factor in college student success than previously thought. A majority of former students with mental illnesses dropped out for a mental-health related reason, according to a survey by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. There were 765 respondents in the survey, all from individuals diagnosed with a mental-health condition who currently are or were enrolled in college within the past five years. Of the respondents who participated, 64 percent no longer are enrolled in college. For some, the stigma associated with mental illnesses keeps them from seeking the help on campus that may allow them to suitably deal with their issues and stay in college, said Christopher Scott, associate clinical director of the University of Houston Counseling and Psychological Services. more

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