Depression and anxiety in college freshman is growing quickly from 10 to 15 percent in the 1980’s to 33 to 40 percent today. Through research on previous interventions and statistics collected from colleges across the United States, we have determined that mental illness on college campuses goes unrecognized. Almost 73 percent of students living with a mental health condition have experienced a mental health crisis on a college campus. Concern of stigma is the number one reason students do not seek help. In light of these findings we have developed an intervention to implement in freshman courses and residence halls. Our campaign, We Hear You (W.H.Y.), aims to improve mental health in college freshman through multimedia using creative mental health educational presentations and connecting students efficiently with on- campus and off-campus mental health resources. We wish to see significant reduction in stigma of mental illness by use of surveys before and after the intervention.
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