Collegiate Mental Health
College is arguably the most stressful time of a young persons life. Newfound freedoms, illicit substances, ever-increasing course-loads, financial stress and social pressures all combine as if to test just how much stress and anxiety a student can take. Add in the fact that many students are miles away from home and their primary doctor and only just starting to figure out how the most complicated health care system on earth works it's no wonder that university counseling centers are all booked up. But when universities only see themselves as responsible for a basic level of treatment, where does that leave students?
This question is guiding my mental health documentary project as part of my year long capstone project. Focusing on my fellow students' experiences at Northeastern University I'm seeking to shed some light on why so many students struggle with mental health, what can be done about it.
Anticipated completion: May 2018