Category Archives: Students

Caring About a “Crisis of Mental Health” in College Students

A recent article in Psychology Today spotlights the state of many on our college campuses: college students are overwhelmed, anxious, and suffering from a wide spectrum of mental health issues. The statistics it cites are shocking:

“It is neither an exaggeration nor is it alarmist to claim that there is a mental health crisis today facing America’s college students. Evidence suggests that this group has greater levels of stress and psychopathology than any time in the nation’s history…

95% of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern in their center or on campus. Seventy percent of directors believe that the number of students with severe psychological problems on their campus has increased in the past year…

Worried, Anxious, and Holding a College Degree?

“Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers,” reads the title of a recent article in the NY Times. I work with college students so this wasn’t a surprising fact to read, but it caught my attention nonetheless. The university is in many ways a melting pot for all kinds of students – international students from Asia, the guy in cowboy boots majoring in agriculture, the partier on East Campus, the graduate student dressed to impress. All these students seem to have little in common, yet if this article is true, 1 in 6 of them have “been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last 12 months, according to the annual national survey by the American College Health Association.” You’d be hard-pressed to find a student who hasn’t struggled with anxiety in some form throughout their 4 (or 5) years.

The ESV Student Study Bible Review

For years I’ve had parents ask me for a recommendation on a student Bible for their teenager or preteen.  If you’re one of those that have asked I apologize for stumbling over myself and never giving you an answer. Until today. My theory on student Bibles is similar to my theory on students in general

3 Things You Should Know About Student Ministries’ Jamaica Trip

The Crossing Student Ministries returned from a mission trip to Harmons, Jamaica nearly a week ago. 47 students, parents, and leaders spent 8 days in rural Jamaica serving Jamaicans. Here are a few lessons I took away that I think you should too. 1. Teens and Parents Really Do Like Each Other Across Columbia this

Parent/Teen Research on Mother’s Day Eve

A ministry organization (Orange) which has greatly impacted our family ministries here at The Crossing recently released a study they did this year on the family and technology. A few of us have read through the results in the past week, and a couple of things jumped out at me as being interesting enough to

Weekend Links (Parent/Student Edition)

Here are a few articles dealing with teenagers/students/parents that I found interesting this week. Enjoy. A Sexting Epidemic – It really is more common than you’d think. As parents we must not have our heads in the sand on this one. 5 Ways to Make Your Kids Hate Church – Interesting and insightful. Facebook Depression