COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Stressed out and left to navigate the challenges of college on their own, more young students are struggling to deal with the mounting pressures of their demanding degrees. Students are addressing the need for mental health access at the state’s largest university.
Ohio State University has 66,000 students on its campus. Public records show six students committed suicide last school year. Although some may not express dealing with mental health issues, some students say it is an issue that needs to be addressed.
“Coming into college it was a big transition,” said student Casey Kaiser.
All week, OSU third-year student Casey Kaiser has been hanging flyers.
“I have struggled with mental health issues since I was in high school and coming into college, I didn’t even realize it because I just assumed that, that is how I was supposed to feel,” said Casey.
In the wake of two people allegedly jumping from a campus parking garage, student organizations Peers Reaching Out and Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide, along with the OSU Suicide Prevention team taped 6,000 fliers around campus showing support and resources for students struggling with mental health.
“We really believe that for most students it is underlying mental health concerns that have been going on for a long time,” said Maria Lammy, with OSU Suicide Prevention Program.
The Suicide Prevention Program is just one of several resources available to students. The issue is making students aware of those resources.
Many rely on the university’s counseling and consultation services, but with an increase of students seeking help, it can be a week before they are seen.
“Enough students were coming in that they increased their staff by 13 counselors,” said Lammy.
According to OSU’s suicide prevention program, 91 percent of students feel overwhelmed, seven percent said they considered suicide. Tragically, only 26 percent surveyed said they received the help they needed.
“I’ve texted the crisis text line number and it is great, “said Kaiser.
Kaiser now receives the help she needs.
There is a crisis text line that anyone in the state of Ohio can text if they are in need of support. Just text 4HOPE to 741741