Overview: Mental Health

Through our project, Mental Health: Silencing the Stigma, we hope to share the vulnerable stories of mental health in a sensitive and respectful way that allows the narrative to empower the individual.

Our class chose mental health because we believe that it is an important topic of discussion and concern within our campus. By initiating conversations about mental health and sharing the stories from our interviews, we hope to break the various stigmas surrounding mental health.

Mental Health impacts individuals every day. 50% of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime. Even if it does not impact you, it may impact someone you know.


  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students
  • Over 1000 students die as a result of suicide each year
  • 39% of students experience a mental health condition during college
  • 280 people decide not to go through with a suicide attempt for every person who dies by suicide
  • 67% of college students first tell a friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else
  • 2/3 of students with anxiety or depression will not seek treatment
  • 50% of cases of mental health issues begin by age 14; 75% begin by age 24
  • 61% of college students said they experienced overwhelming anxiety within the past 12 months  
  • 612 students visited Counseling Advising Psychological Services (CAPS) at SJU

Each year there are thousands of college students impacted by mental health. It is important to look beyond the surface and get to know individuals and be a source of support. Always take of yourself and know your limits.

“Self-care is not selfish. You must fill your own cup before you can pour into others.” –   Eleanor Brownn 

Join the discussion – visit our project page.