We know the scope of the issue for young adults (age 18-25). The 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data reinforces the need for campus-based behavioral health resources:
- Alcohol, illicit drug and tobacco use are more common among young adults than in any other age group.
- About two out of five were binge alcohol users, and about one in 10 was a heavy alcohol user.
- One in four used an illicit drug in the last 30 days.
- About one in seven needed substance use treatment.
- One in nine young adults had a major depressive episode during the past year.
- One in 11 reported suicidal thoughts within the past year, up 30 percent since 2008.
- One in 17 had a serious mental illness, the highest percentage since 2008. Only about half of this group (51.5 percent) received treatment.
Evidence-based prevention programs for college populations are successful in reducing substance use. The Kit provides college staff and administrators with information on substance misuse prevention and mental health promotion for the college population. Professionals can use the information in the Kit to enhance their existing prevention programs or start new ones.
Working together, we can reduce and even eliminate substance misuse on college campuses and help improve the overall mental health of our nation’s college students. Prevention works!
The toolkit is available online at https://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA17-5052.