20% of college students report constant stress

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If you thought your parenting job was over once the kids headed off to college, a recent study suggests you might want to rethink that.

According to a recent survey of over 2,000 undergraduate students from 40 universities from around the United States, 40% of students reported feeling stress often and 20% reported feeling stressed all or most of the time.

Even more disturbing, one out of six students reported having friends who talked of suicide and one in ten say they have considered it themselves. The most common stressors were grades, classwork, financial concerns, relationships and dating, family issues, and extra curricular activities.

However, it's not all bad. Half of the respondents said they felt understood by their families and have a good support system. I live in a college town where it is not uncommon for students to work two part-time jobs while taking a full class load, which mean little sleep and lots of coffee. A good support system of understanding and caring parents (or other family members and friends) is essential.

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