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83.6% of ASU students say they would appreciate someone helping them to get the help they need when they are feeling distressed.
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86% of ASU students, when they noticed another student in distress had helped them to get the help they needed (within the previous year).
ASU students reported experiencing the following feelings at least once in the past 12 months:
40.8% felt so depressed it was difficult to function.
12.4% seriously considered attempting suicide.
1.5% reported attempting suicide.
Source: American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Metro Phoenix Campuses Spring 2018. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2018 (n=1,304).
We encourage our ASU community to talk about mental illness, distress and suicide. By bringing these topics into open discussion, we make it easier to recognize the signs of someone struggling and can learn to take effective action to support the well-being of our friends, roommates, classmates and others.
Mental health is how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. This includes handling stress, relating to other people, and making decisions.
Feelings of sadness, emptiness, worthlessness and/or loneliness are normal responses to overwhelming or difficult experiences. Depression is characterized by these feelings lasting and/or not improving after a few weeks.
People who are experiencing distress have trouble managing their feelings or coping with the stress of their situation. They may have trouble functioning or lack the desire to fulfill their daily responsibilities.
Many people do not tell anyone that they are contemplating suicide. People who identify their feelings and seek professional help are 87% less likely to commit suicide.
If you or someone you know is having trouble managing their feelings, coping, depressed or distressed, help is available. Talking to a trusted friend or family member, an ASU Counselor or health care provider, a Community Assistant, or other member of the ASU community can be a good start toward feeling and doing better.
Help a Friend in Need is a guide to doing just that.