Mental health disorders can impact people of all ages, and the symptoms may begin at any point in life—including while the individual is in college. Unfortunately, receiving a mental health diagnosis can cause many young people to end their college experience prematurely. Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70 percent more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.
- Mental illness is disruptive in people’s lives and a diagnosis can contribute to early drop out rates at colleges.
- To better ensure students with mental illness continue in school it is important to proactively surround the student with options for support.
- Reaching out to parents and friends and counselors can make all the difference between sticking it out and giving up.
“A recent survey reports that 47 percent of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27 percent college dropout rate in the U.S. overall”