Mental Health Data

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. 

Graph showing levels of student stress in 2019

Graph showing categories that are most traumatic or very difficult to handle

Additional Data Resources