Every two years, UC Davis conducts the American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment (ACHA-NCHA). This data was obtained from a sample of UC Davis undergraduate students in the Spring of 2019; a response rate representative of UC Davis students was achieved.
Here are some highlights from the 2019 NCHA UC Davis Undergraduate Executive Summary:
- Stress (44.4%), anxiety (35.3%), and sleep difficulties (28.6%) remain the top 3 negative impacts to academic performance for undergraduate students.
- If students were experiencing an immediate crisis and wanted to consult with a mental health professional, they’d most prefer face to face, phone and texting consultations (52.4%, 16.1% and 11.3% respectively).
- Over 30% of students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety in the last 2 weeks.
- Academics (62.7%) remain the top response for being traumatic or very difficult to handle.
- 16% of undergrad students said sleepiness during the day was a big problem.
Additional Data Resources
- Spring 2019 NCHA Executive Summary
- The Impact of COVID-19 on College Student Well-Being: ACHA, in collaboration with the Healthy Minds Network, developed surveys focused on students’ attitudes, concerns, preventive behaviors, and their perceived supportiveness of colleges and universities related to COVID-19. This report presents results from 18,764 students on 14 campuses that participated in the surveys from late March through May 2020.
- Healthy Minds Study (Winter/Spring 2020): provides a detailed picture of mental health and related issues in college student populations.
- Mental Health in America: Prevalence Data 2020: This website captures data on mental illness, youth and adult mental health, rankings by state and key findings. This website also includes a PDF of the 2020 State of Mental Health in America report.
- National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health 2020: This recent report provides national data collected from 40,0001 LGBTQ youth (ages 13 - 24) between December 2019 - March 2020 on mental health and COVID-19. The Trevor Project offers a more in-depth review of this data including barriers to receiving mental health care for LGBTQ youth and recommendations.