This generation of college students (and parents) are a part of a “mental health epidemic”. Many people argue that college life may be more stressful than ever. Studies show that there has been an increase in students who arrive to college already being treated for some type of mental illness. But why? Why is stress in college students at an all-time high or different than any other generation. Well, the professionals have an idea or two.


The Culture 


Professionals believe that culture can greatly impact the significant stress we see in young adults today. This generation is growing up in the “post 9/11” era. They have already been exposed to various types of trauma, both from media and their own lives. Other traumatic things include: school shootings, the rise in the uncertainty from globalization and the economic uncertainties, and the economic recession of 2008. Being in the 24/7 news cycle and the open access to the internet created a different childhood and different exposures for today’s young adult.


The Pressure


Pressure plays a huge role in the stress of college students. For many, they deem college as the “linear” path. It’s the only way to be successful. This could have been instilled upon them by their parents. They may fear disappointing their loved ones. Even if it means attending the brand-name college that they would otherwise have no desire to go to—just to make mom and dad happy. The pressure to be perfect and achieve success can quickly begin to weigh on college students.


The Transition


College students face an uncomfortable season of change as they work to transition to adulthood. When set-backs occur, this can really shake things up. There is inevitable anxiety that comes with moving away from home to attend college. However, researchers have found that the anxiety specifically isn’t the problem. It’s the preparedness of the student to cope with the anxiety that creates the problem. Today’s college students seem to show little resilience towards this type of anxiety.

BlueFire PulsaR can help

BlueFire PulsaR is a coeducational wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-28. This program addresses emotional, social, and behavioral problems in struggling young adults. Adventure therapy, wilderness ventures, equine therapy, academic opportunities and “family spark” are used to help students open up and look at their life. From there they are able to experience growth and adopt healthy self-management skills. This program is dedicated to helping students regain a better sense of the world around them while addressing their emotions and needs head on. We can help your family today.

Contact us at 1 (844) 413-1999.

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