9 things college mental health counselors wish parents understood

If you’re the parent of a college-aged kid, you know that students today have higher rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Between 2020 and 2021, more than 60% of college students “met criteria for one or more mental health problems, a nearly 50% increase from 2013,” found a June study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

“The pandemic has made everything worse,” Marcus Hotaling, a licensed psychologist and president of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, tells TODAY Parents.

Parents can be a significant resource for college students, even from afar. We asked campus counselors what they’d really like parents to know.

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