Across the United States, the mental health of college students has become a growing concern. According to the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) Annual Survey, 95% of the 400 college counseling center directors surveyed stated that the number of students with significant psychological problems has increased on their college campuses (AUCCCD, 2012). While studies suggest that factors such as GPA, student status (graduate, undergraduate, international, domestic), and stress levels influence whether college students seek mental/psychological health services (Forbes-Mewett & Sawyer, 2016; Prieto-Welch, 2016; Wong, Wang, & Maffini, 2014); there is limited research on additional factors such as gender, insurance status, age, and race/ethnicity. To address this gap in literature, a quantitative study was conducted to answer the following research question:
Make sure to address the following topics:
What is mental health?
Mental health of college students in the U.S.
Growing Mental health concerns of international college students in the U.S.
Why are we studying international students in particular?
What are some common stressors that cause mental health concerns?