The 2016-2017 Crimson CORPS has more than 50 undergraduate students dedicated to supporting their fellow students and raising awareness about issues relating to emotional well-being and mental health. If you or someone you know is having a tough time, you can reach out to a Crimson CORPS member to talk. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us via Facebook or Twitter for useful information on navigating the challenges of college life.
According to a recent study, among 100 college students it is likely that:
- 33 have felt so depressed it was “difficult to function”
- 17 have experienced a sexual assault
- 19 have used prescription pain killers, sedatives, or stimulants not prescribed to them
- 1 has been diagnosed with substance abuse or addiction
- 8.6 have seriously considered suicide
- 1.4 has attempted suicide one or more times
- 5 will have prematurely ended education due to a mental health condition
This may not be you, but chances are someone in your class or your sorority or your friend group has experienced one of these issues. Crimson CORPS is dedicated to the idea that none of us has to suffer alone. If you or a friend is struggling, reach out. Click here for information on how to help a friend or here for information on how to get help yourself.
Crimson CORPS wants to get out the message that we should all be listening to our friends and fellow students. Mental health issues are more common than most people think. Often we don’t recognize the signs when a friend is in distress, and sometimes even when we do, we are unsure how to help. Crimson CORPS encourages you to help create a culture of care by fighting the stigma against mental illness and being a more caring friend. Click here to check out their video (also viewable below) and share it with a friend.