Abstract

Depression and anxiety in college freshman is growing quickly from 10 to 15 percent in the 1980’s to 33 to 40 percent today. Through research on previous interventions and statistics collected from colleges across the United States, we have determined that mental illness on college campuses goes unrecognized. Almost 73 percent of students living with a mental health condition have experienced a mental health crisis on a college campus. Concern of stigma is the number one reason students do not seek help. In light of these findings we have developed an intervention to implement in freshman courses and residence halls. Our campaign, We Hear You (W.H.Y.), aims to improve mental health in college freshman through multimedia using creative mental health educational presentations and connecting students efficiently with on- campus and off-campus mental health resources. We wish to see significant reduction in stigma of mental illness by use of surveys before and after the intervention.

Modified Abstract

Depression and anxiety in college freshman has grown from 10-15% in the 1980’s to 33-40% today. Through research on previous interventions and statistics collected from colleges across the United States, we have determined that mental illness on college campuses goes unrecognized. Concern of stigma is the number one reason students do not seek help. From these findings we have developed an intervention to implement in freshman courses and residence halls. Our campaign, We Hear You (W.H.Y.), aims to improve mental health in college freshman through multimedia using creative mental health educational presentations and connecting students efficiently with on and off campus mental health resources. We wish to see reduction in stigma of mental illness by use of surveys before and after the intervention.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Primary Author's Major

Public Health

Mentor #1 Information

Mrs. Cindy Widuck

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

21-3-2017 1:00 PM

Research Area

Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Mar 21st, 1:00 PM

W.H.Y. campaign - We Hear You: Improving Mental Health in College Freshman

Depression and anxiety in college freshman is growing quickly from 10 to 15 percent in the 1980’s to 33 to 40 percent today. Through research on previous interventions and statistics collected from colleges across the United States, we have determined that mental illness on college campuses goes unrecognized. Almost 73 percent of students living with a mental health condition have experienced a mental health crisis on a college campus. Concern of stigma is the number one reason students do not seek help. In light of these findings we have developed an intervention to implement in freshman courses and residence halls. Our campaign, We Hear You (W.H.Y.), aims to improve mental health in college freshman through multimedia using creative mental health educational presentations and connecting students efficiently with on- campus and off-campus mental health resources. We wish to see significant reduction in stigma of mental illness by use of surveys before and after the intervention.