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AMERICAN COLLEGE HEALTH ASSOCIATION

NATIONAL COLLEGE HEALTH ASSESSMENT II DATA

Top five impediments to academic performance*:

  1. Stress
  2. Anxiety
  3. Sleep difficulties
  4. Work
  5. Cold/Flu/Sore throat

13% of students reported depression affected their individual academic performance.

12% of students reported concern for a troubled family member or friend affected their individual academic performance.

11% of students reported experiencing an emotionally abusive intimate relationship within the last 12 months.

*Factors identified as affecting an individual’s academic performance are defined as: received a lower grade on an exam, or an important project; received a lower grade in the course; received an incomplete or dropped the course; or experienced a significant disruption in thesis, dissertation, research, or practicum work.

Source: American College Health Association. American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment II: Kent State University Executive Summary Spring 2014. Hanover, MD: American College Health Association; 2014.


TIPS FOR MAINTAINING POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH:

(2006 BACCHUS Network)

  • Practice positive thinking: you don’t need to be perfect, if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, take time to slow down and make a plan for what you want to do.
  • Your physical health has an impact on your mental health: make sure you get enough sleep, eat right and exercise regularly, and take time for yourself on a regular basis.
  • Stay connected with others: talk to someone when you are upset, get involved in social networks or volunteer with a local organization.

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