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Half of post-secondary students struggling: study

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Stress is amped up in post-secondary schools, where a recent study shows half of all students were feeling “hopeless.”

Kate Lunau with Maclean’s Magazine delved into the topic and has found many students who did very well in high school are struggling in university.

She spoke with one student from McMaster University in Hamilton who became overwhelmed. “But she didn’t recognize how much she was struggling until a friend of hers, who actually was also dealing with mental health issues, reached out and said to her, ‘Are you okay?'”

She says this generation is even more on edge than others before. “That’s kind of leading to a mental health care crisis on university campuses across the country; I called several universities and they all told me that they’re seeing more demand than ever for their mental health care services.”

A large factor contributing to the anxiety and stress is the tough job market. Lunau says students feel the immense pressure of getting those unpaid internships instead of being able to find a full-time job.