Experts and researchers use terms like "epidemic" and "crisis" to characterize the mental health challenges currently facing American college students. Statistics back up these claims. Mood disturbances represent only some of the prevalent mental health issues experienced by college students. Others include serious problems like suicide, eating disorders, and addiction. Mental health professionals stress the importance of talking about such issues, but students tend to consider these stresses a normal part of college life. This guide contains information to help students identify potential mental health issues and locate valuable community resources.
Homework in America
Homework overload harms your mental and physical health, experts say
A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society. More than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive, according to the study. Education scholar Denise Pope has found that too much homework has negative effects on student well-being and behavioral engagement. Image credit: L. A Stanford researcher found that too much homework can negatively affect kids, especially their lives away from school, where family, friends and activities matter. The researchers used survey data to examine perceptions about homework, student well-being and behavioral engagement in a sample of 4, students from 10 high-performing high schools in upper-middle-class California communities.
One out of five children have mental illness, and schools often don’t help
Adolescents aged 11 to 17 are particularly struggling with mental health and are more likely to score for moderate to severe depression and anxiety symptoms than any other age group. Children need hope, and schools are recognizing the importance of addressing mental health issues to help students succeed academically and realize a brighter future. This article will explore the necessity of school mental health services and how they impact academic performance.
William Kirk, a senior at Highland High School, spends nearly an hour each night doing homework on average. That's too much, he said. They take college prep and Advanced Placement classes, so usually have several hours of homework each night.