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Dallen Garner

Eng. 2010
Position Argument

Live and Learn


College education and mental health

College is a huge part of growing up and moving towards ones career. At all ages of
students attending college their is a difficult issue. Some students starting a new life right out of
high school with high stress, demands, and expectations can suffer an overload. Many students
have their own families to take care of and could have countless hardships that make life as a
student difficult. A section from a scholarly article by the author Alicia Kruisselbrink Flatt

states, The number of students on university and college campuses that are struggling
with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and psychosis across North America is
rising. This intensification of students psychological needs has become a mental health
crisis.

As a student who has had issues at home, I know how difficult things can be.
With harmful events, influences, and relationships mental illnesses can grow with school
as an added stress. Depression or anxiety can grow as grades and attendance can
drop. The mental state of a student is an important thing if the student is to be
successful. Furthermore, school violence and shootings has majorly been connected to
mental state of students.

The Huffington Post stated in an article, written by Tyler KingKade, that, Last
year at least 27 shootings occurred on or near college campuses. The following is a list
of college level shootings taken from The Associated Press:
June 7, 2013: Five people are killed and several others are
wounded at Santa Monica College
April 2, 2012: Seven people are killed and three are
injured at Oikos University, in Oakland.
Feb. 14, 2008: Five students are killed and 18 are
wounded at Northern Illinois University in
DeKalb, Ill.
Feb. 8, 2008: Two people are killed at Louisiana
Technical College in Baton
April 16, 2007: Thirty-two people are fatally shot in a dorm
and classroom at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg
Sept. 2, 2006: Two people are killed at Shepherd University in
Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Oct. 28, 2002: Three professors are killed at the University of


Arizona nursing school in Tucson, Ariz.

Jan. 16, 2002: Three people are killed and three are wounded
at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, the
shooter targets the dean, a professor and a student.
Aug. 15, 1996: Three professors are shot and killed at San
Diego State University

This is just a list of some of the major shootings at colleges in the US alone. Most of the
shooters were current and former students. The shootings mostly began with the
murder of others leading up to the shooters suicide or termination by police. Its no
question that violence is the most visible and devastating outcome of poor mental health
at universities in America. Action must be made in order to stop these violent events.

Here in our own home state of Utah, the University of Utah offers an excellent source
for help called the UNI CrisisLine. It is a phone line linked to professionals ready to help
those in need of immediate mental health assistance. While this is an incredible help to
those in the university, it only can do so much. Students
from all universities and colleges need access to mental
health professionals. Some may need constant treatment,
while others may do just fine with only a hotline.

It is for certain that schools on all


levels are targets for mentally ill
shooters to take out their pain. With the given timeline of (only some) of the shootings
that are constant, a greater solution needs to be met. With most if not all shooters
suffering from mental health issues related to numerous causes, the solution must be
through mental health awareness and assistance. We must learn from the past and

live for the future.

Works Cited

(Flatt)
Kruisselbrink Flatt, Alicia. "A Suffering Generation: Six Factors Contributing To
The Mental Health Crisis In North American Higher Education." College Quarterly
16.1 (2013): ERIC. Web. 12 Mar. 2015.
(KingKade)
"There Were More Than Two Dozen Reported Shootings At College Campuses In
2013." The Huffington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 31Mar.2015.