The state of mental health among college students has taken a toll on universities across the country, and Ohio State University is no exception. In August 2020 and April 2021, the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer administered “return to campus” surveys. These surveys, conducted in collaboration with the One University Health and Wellness Council, Office of Student Life, and Office of Human Resources, aimed to gauge the well-being of students and assess how they were managing the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Unfortunately, for a significant number of students, the findings were less than positive. Among the 1,072 Ohio State students who participated, the survey identified increases in the following areas from August 2020 to April 2021:
– Anxiety: From 39% to 42.6%
– Depression: From 24.1% to 28.3%
– Burnout: From 40% to 71%
– Unhealthy eating habits: From 25% to 29%
– Alcohol use: From 15.5% to 18%
– Tobacco/vaping use: From 6% to 8%
A Crisis In Higher Education
The transition from high school to college is a major life change, and coupled with the stress of living on your own for the first time, more intensive coursework and higher expectations, college can cause a seriously negative dip in one’s mental health.
Unfortunately, that seems to be a National trend as of late, especially since the Covid pandemic. In an article from August of 2023 from the Cleveland Clinic, Psychologist Susan Albers, PsyD, explains why there’s a mental health crisis in higher education.
With the release of the 2023 State of Higher Education report in March, many expected the easing of Covid restrictions to have a positive impact. However, the opposite has proven true, with forty-one percent of students currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program now describing staying enrolled as “difficult” or “very difficult.” Dr. Albers goes on to explain that this dip in mental health is preventing students from enrolling. In the survey of the top reasons why adults haven’t enrolled in a degree or certificate program, 30% cited emotional stress and 28% named “personal mental health reasons” as “very important” factors that informed their decision.
For some tips on improving mental health or to read the full Cleveland Clinic article, click here.
Ketamine Therapy at New Pathways’ Columbus Ketamine Clinic
While Ohio State University is taking significant steps to support student mental health with its counseling and consultation services, there are additional resources available for those who need specialized treatment. New Pathways Clinic in Columbus offers ketamine therapy, a groundbreaking approach to mental health treatment. This therapy has shown a 70% success rate in helping individuals combat treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.
When traditional treatments like medication fail, ketamine infusion therapy helps patients with mental health disorders experience a more positive outcome. At New Pathways, we make the ketamine treatment process as simple and stress-free as possible by administering infusions carefully with an individualized treatment plan on a person-by-person basis.
As college students face the pressures of academic performance, financial stress, and a rapidly changing environment, the combined efforts of institutions like Ohio State University and specialized treatment options like ketamine therapy provide a beacon of hope for those seeking relief from the mental health crisis. Together, we can work towards a healthier, more resilient future for college students at Ohio State and beyond.
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