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A new, national survey of college students found slightly lower levels of anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation during 2022–23. These results follow record high rates of mental health problems reported by students last year.

The most recent data report, released Thursday by the Healthy Minds Network, a young adult mental health research organization, showed rates of depression down by three percentage points (44 percent to 41 percent), anxiety down by one percentage point (37 percent to 36 percent) and suicidal ideation down one point (15 percent to 14 percent). The survey data were collected from over 75,000 students at 135 colleges and universities between September 2022 and June 2023.

The survey found that as students’ problems and concerns declined, the percentage of students demonstrating positive mental health increased. Thirty-six percent of students hit a preset threshold of self-perceived success in areas such as relationships, self-esteem, purpose and optimism this year, up by four percentage points from last year.

Students are also continuing to seek help and support at higher levels than in years past, according to the report; 36 percent of students surveyed reported receiving counseling or therapy in the past 12 months, compared to 30 percent in 2020.

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