Improving Mental Health of Students and Parents

Improving Mental Health of Students and Parents

LifeToGo is proudly partnering with The Mental Health Coalition. The following is a resource from their Resource Library.

This report created by the Ascend at the Aspen Institute and The Jed Foundation outlines a framework of recommendations for colleges to support student parent mental health and improve graduation rates. 

A new study released today by Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) and The Jed Foundation (JED) finds that more than two in five (43 percent) of the nearly four million student parents attending college in the United States experience extreme stress that affects their mental health and educational success. Financial stress and feelings of isolation on campus are major stressors for student parents, with 38% saying they considered dropping out in the last 30 days.

More than one in five college students in the U.S. is a parent. The report, Improving Mental Health of Student Parents: A Framework for Higher Education, is the first study to specifically focus on the mental health needs of parenting students, who are most likely to be women and students of color. With original survey research, a review of the literature, and recommendations, the report offers a framework for higher education leaders and policymakers to support the mental health of parenting students so that they and their children can thrive.

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