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Mental health and substance issues in U.S. college students Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Prevalence of select mental health and substance use issues among college students in the United States in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

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Release date

July 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

From Fall 2019 to Spring 2020

Number of respondents

18,764 respondents

Supplementary notes

Notes: There were 32 campuses in HMS in fall 2019 and 7 campuses in March-May 2020. Depression is a score of >10 on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), which measures the 9 core symptoms of a major depressive episode over the past 2 weeks. Suicidal ideation over the past 2 weeks is one item from the PHQ-9, defined as having “thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way.” Anxiety is a score of >10 on the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7-scale, which measures symptoms of generalized anxiety over the past 2 weeks. Flourishing (positive mental health) is a score of >48 on the Flourishing Scale. MH impaired academics is defined as >6 days in the last 4 weeks when mental or emotional health negatively impacted academic performance.

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