Adolescents, defined as children and teenagers from ages 10-19, are among the biggest group of people at risk in the United States for disease, substance abuse, relationship violence and mental health conditions. However, a number of these problems can be easily prevented ––and if they have already begun to occur –– easily treated. This series of images gives a deep look into the risk factors adolescents in the United States face and the consequences that can happen if they are inflicted with them.
EAST LANSING – Anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts plague Michigan State students at a higher rate compared to other universities, according to a new report from Keeling and Associates. But while thousands of Spartans suffer, the campus counseling center remains “critically” understaffed. Music education major, Shannon Moore, knows this first-hand. “I’ve always been a really anxious person,” said Moore. “My professor suggested that I go to the Counseling Center, but when I got there, [the counselor] was like ‘Oh, well, I won’t be able to see you for another couple of weeks.’
Women students at Michigan State University are nearly two times as likely to experience anxiety than men, according to the 2016 State of Spartan Health survey. The survey, administered by Dennis Martell, health education services coordinator at Olin Health Center, is conducted every two years as a part of the National College Health Assessment. It covers sexual and mental health; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; weight, nutrition and exercise; and personal safety and violence. Of the thousand students surveyed at Michigan State University, almost 26 percent of women reported having anxiety, compared to 16 percent of men. Nationally, 22 percent of women and 19 percent of men reported having anxiety in 2015.
By Katie Winkler
Clinton County Chatter staff reporter
Due to a change in general fund dollars from the State of Michigan, the Clinton County Jail has asked the county for $63,326 to continue mental health services. Since the County bucked up, services will continue. “We have less funding, which means the county has to take on that burden of supplying a mental health worker because our jail can not operate without one,” Clinton County Jail Capt. Monica Hoskins said. Within the last year, Community Mental Health Authority for Clinton, Eaton and Ingham County (CMH), along with other providers across Michigan, were notified that there would be a sufficient decrease in the amount of general funds that would be available to help their communities, including inmates at the Clinton County Jail. The push for Healthy Michigan and Medicaid was presented as a way of dealing with the loss of these funds.
GRAND LEDGE — Grand Ledge High School has a student population nearing 1,800 ninth through 12th graders. Students are often overwhelmed with the stress of becoming an adult and planning the future. Kathy Coscarelli is a licensed counselor in the Grand Ledge area. She receives referrals from GLHS for further counseling options for the students. “Kids are so stressed about the future,” Coscarelli said.