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Depression and anxiety among college students is a growing public health problem. And new research from the University of Georgia suggests the problem may be worse for students who aren’t the same race as most of their peers.

The new study found that students who were not the majority race at a predominantly white college reported significantly higher rates of depression than their white peers.

At the mostly white university, more than half of the students who self-identified as races other than white reported feelings of mild depression. An additional 17% said they were experiencing moderate to severe depression.

Students at the predominantly white institution all reported similar levels of anxiety, regardless of race, with more than three in every five students saying they experience mild to severe levels of anxiety.

At the historically Black college, students who weren’t Black experienced higher rates of anxiety and depression as well.

This article highlights a study that sheds light on the distinctive mental health challenges confronting college students of color and first-generation students. The research examines the intersection of ethnicity, socioeconomic background, and higher education, emphasizing the need for tailored mental health support and resources to address these unique challenges effectively. The study underscores the importance of acknowledging the diversity of student experiences and promoting inclusivity within academic institutions.

The article delves into the study’s findings, emphasizing the additional stressors and barriers faced by college students of color and first-generation students. These challenges can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation, requiring specialized mental health initiatives.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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