Stats & Facts

In the spring of 2016, 240 Brescia students were surveyed by the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) about their health and mental health habits, behaviors, and perceptions.

The top 3 factors affecting students’ academic performance (ie. received a lower grade on an exam/important project; received a lower grade in/dropped a course; experienced significant disruption in thesis, research, or practicum work):

Concern Brescia % Western % Huron % CAN reference group %
1. Stress 49 48.5 54.7 42.2
2. Anxiety 41.3 39.7 45.6 32.5
3. Sleep difficulties 29.5 30.4 35.3 28.4

 

Concern Brescia Female % Western Female % Huron Female % CAN ref grp Female %
Felt overwhelmed by all you had to do 94.2 94.7 94.7 93.3
Felt things were hopeless 68 66 68.1 62.7
Felt very lonely 78.4 39.5 77.8 69.5
Felt overwhelming anxiety 75.8 75.3 75.5 69.6
Felt so depressed that it was difficult to function 48.5 50.5 52.1 46.4
Intentionally cut, burned, bruised, or other injured yourself 9.6 10.9 16.0 9.5

Seriously considered suicide

Brescia Female % Western Female % Huron Female % CAN Female %
Yes, last 2 weeks 3.7 5.1 6.5 2.9
Yes, last 30 days 1.7 2.2 2.2 2.1
Yes, last 12 months 10.8 8.7 8.6 8.0
Anytime within last 12 months 16.2 15.9 17.2 12.9

Attempted suicide

Brescia Female % Western Female % Huron Female % CAN Female %
Yes, last 2 weeks 1.2 1.0 1.1 0.3
Yes, last 30 days 0 0.2 0.0 0.2
Yes, last 12 months 2.9 1.9 4.3 1.5
Anytime within last 12 months 4.1 3.1 5.3 2.0

For Brescia students, the following had been traumatic or very difficult to handle in the past year:

Issue Brescia Female % Western Female % Huron Female % CAN ref grp Female %
1. Academics 63.9 66 (1) 70.2 (1) 62.0 (1)
2. Finances 43.6 37.8 (4) 35.1 42.8 (2)
3. Personal appearance 43.6 40.3 (3) 39.4 (5) 37.7 (4)
4. Sleep difficulties 41.3 43.2 (2) 47.9 (2) 38.8 (3)
5. Other social relationships 39.0 36.4 41.5 (4) 32.1
6. Intimate relationships 36.1 35.8 35.1 35.1
7. Family problems 35.3 34.6 45.2 (3) 35.9 (5)
8. Career-related issue 35.3 37.6 (5) 33.0 34.9
9. Personal health issue 31.3 30.8 37.2 29.5
10. Health problem of family member or partner 29.0 26.8 28.7 26.9

66% of Brescia students reported 3 or more of the above as being traumatic or very difficult to handle in the previous 12 months

 

Across Brescia, Huron and Western, students want to know more about:

  • 88.1% – Stress reduction
  • 83.2% – How to help others in distress
  • 82.3% – Depression/Anxiety
  • 79% – Sleep difficulties
  • 78.1% – Nutrition
  • 72.9 – Suicide prevention
  • 68.3% – Sexual assault/Relationship violence prevention
  • 62.8 – Relationship difficulties
  • 57.3% – Eating disorders