There is a severe mental health crisis on college campuses. According to the American College Health Association, the vast majority of students struggle with isolation. Over 60% of students report they feel “very lonely.”
Research has shown that college students feel an overwhelming pressure to get perfect grades, have a perfect social life, and always be happy. This culture of perfection leads students to mask themselves, and, in turn, feel like imposters.
Imposter syndrome is associated with loneliness and isolation, which are risk factors for distress and crisis. Suicide is now the second-leading cause of death among college students.
We at Reflect know that a debilitative campus culture – one in which students feel the need to mask themselves – is a driver of the college student mental health crisis.
We want to change the culture around how people see themselves and each other. We strive to create a culture in which it’s cool to be you, rather than the person you think others want you to be; a culture in which students follow their passions, express their full and true selves, and feel supported by others as they do the same.
By changing campus culture, we can proactively help to solve the college student mental health crisis.
Instead of coming onto a college campus with our own agenda, we at Reflect believe in the power of the students. Through our programs, Reflect aims to empower students to create a mutually supportive campus culture where students live authentically and feel the support of others as they do the same. If the student continually empower one another, the culture will truly change on campus, and help students believe that they should love and not be afraid to show who they are.