A mental health break from college can be helpful. Here are expert tips. – The Washington Post

November 13, 2022

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Some 40 percent of college students in the United States struggle with anxiety, 45 percent with depression and 16 percent with suicidal thoughts.
These numbers, from a survey conducted last year by the Healthy Minds Network, have more than doubled in the past decade. Many students are considering taking time away from school to tend to their mental health — and it is something that should be encouraged, experts say.
Still, navigating those waters may be intimidating. Students may have concerns about how to take a leave of absence, how it will impact their academic career and their plans for the future.
Here’s what mental health experts in academia recommend.
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