ALBERTA SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH NEEDS FOR POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS ACROSS THE PROVINCE

Alberta It’s crunch time for Alberta university students as they begin to complete final projects and exams, and newly released survey data helps understand health issues on post-secondary campuses. Today, the Alberta Post-Secondary Health Association released the results of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) survey (made available at http://healthycampusalberta.ca/ncha/), which is the largest dataset on Alberta post-secondary student health behaviours.

The survey includes information on a variety of health topics including physical activity, nutrition, alcohol use, and more. One of the key findings relates to mental health as the survey found that 78.6% of post-secondary students report they would consider seeking professional help from a mental health expert if they experienced a serious personal problem. That is a nearly four per cent increase compared to the last time the survey was completed in 2013.

Students also reported the highest factors which negatively impact their academic performance:

  • Stress (40.4%)
  • Anxiety (31.4%)
  • Sleep difficulties (28.3%)

Of particular concern is the finding that 13.1% of students who completed the survey report seriously considering suicide within the last 12 months.

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The ACHA-NCHA II supports the health of the campus community by fulfilling the academic mission, supporting short- and long-term healthy behaviors, and gaining a current profile of health trends within the campus community.

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The ACHA-NCHA II supports the health of the campus community by fulfilling the academic mission, supporting short- and long-term healthy behaviours, and gaining a current profile of health trends within the campus community.

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