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Depression and Suicide

Going to college can be a difficult transition. It’s normal to feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate and stressed at times during this stage of life. When these feelings persist, they may develop into depression.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students and untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide. One in five college students believe that their depression level is higher than it should be, yet only 6% say that they would seek help.

UMass Amherst surveys have shown that over 80% of those who seek mental health care say it helped them stay in school and improve academic performance.