Surge in Troubled Students at Colleges

It seems the pressures of a higher education is getting to college students in the state, and it's happening at an alarming rate, according to experts who are now calling for more counselors at Florida universities.

Experts say more college students in the state are seeking counseling because they can't handle the stresses of day-to-day life.

Counselors at universities in Florida say students are dropping out at alarming rates because of a rise in depression.

At FSU counselors saw 10,000 students last year. That's a quarter of the student population.

Some local students say day-to-day stress coupled with class work loads can sometimes be overwhelming. The University of Florida's chief student affairs officer is now asking for more counselors at state public universities.

The student counseling center at FSU has beefed up funding and staffing to help meet the demand for counselors. Experts say counseling centers at several major public universities across the country report they are overwhelmed.


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