Mental health issues among college students is a serious issue. In fact, a study by the World Health Organization found that 1 in 3 college freshman worldwide have a mental health disorder.


Some of the most common issues seen among college students include depression, which may include suicidal thoughts and behaviors, anxiety, and substance abuse.


If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or chat online, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call 911 or go to the nearest ER.


While colleges are required to have psychological services available on campus, they primarily provide crisis assessment/intervention and short-term counseling, typically between 6-10 sessions, because of the demand, which is insufficient to meet the needs of many students.


College is such a critical time in a person's development, not only in terms of education and career development but also in terms of social and emotional health. The impact of struggling with a mental health disorder that is inadequately addressed can have major ramifications on a person's development that extends far beyond the college years.


I am passionate about working with college students and am also conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) near the University of Southern California (USC). If you are interested in learning more or in working with me please go to my homepage to contact me or schedule your free 15-minute phone call. If you are looking for professional help in your area, please visit my resources page for guidance on how to find a therapist.


Please note that the information in this blog is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for psychological or medical care. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.



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