Mental Illness: Letting Go of the Stigma


Research by the National Alliance on Mental Health states 75 percent of mental illnesses begin by the age of 24. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 11.8 million students between ages 18 to 24 enrolled in U.S. colleges in 2015.

With these numbers in mind, it comes as no surprise that mental illness is common among college students. Yet people who live with these conditions are still discriminated against and, as a result, feel the need to hide this aspect of themselves from others.

Mental health issues, according to, can be attributed to various factors including biological, life experiences and family history. This is a very broad outlook on mental illness, considering there are countless diagnoses on the spectrum of mental health and all people are different.

Unfortunately, due to the stigma that surrounds it and the ignorance of people regarding it, people with mental illness are too often seen as the same, which…