A recent study has apparently shown that over 50% of college students have thoughts of suicide, as opposed to about 15% of the general population. That is a huge number.
Remembering my own depression throughout college, I wonder what is it about life as a young adult that causes this much depression.
My first thoughts are the "unnatural" setting that college students find themselves in. Being stuffed into overcrowded dorms with huge numbers of your peers, cut off from those younger and older than yourself, having no privacy and little sleep seems to me to be a recipe for mental health disaster.
My second thought is the fact that almost everyone in today's society feels they "have" to go to college, whether or not they are academically, financially, emotionally or socially prepared for it. There are precious few jobs and career paths out there for those for whom college is not a good choice.
As much as I value and support lifetime education, I think it is time for a viable alternative to the traditional college.