Many prospective college students are probably unaware that sometimes students can develop mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, etc., while they are in school. The fact is that these mental illnesses can manifest when young adults are between the ages of 18 and 25 (just take Amanda Bynes, for example). According to a USA TODAY study, 40 percent of college deaths are due to suicide.
This is why students looking at colleges should also consider which colleges have great mental health services.
The Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates suicide prevention among college students, gave out the "seal of approval" to 30 colleges who have demonstrated strong solutions to students' mental health needs - the University of Southern California is one of those schools.
The foundation looks at college programs such as "free access to the gym, free counseling and physical health services, crisis programs, restricted access to hazardous or illegal materials, early identification of students with problems" and more to determine which schools have a pro-mental health culture on campus.
Other schools that received the "seal of approval" include New York University, Columbia University and Yale University.
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