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Stats and 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 %
Stress 49 48.5 54.7 42.2
Anxiety 41.3 39.7 45.6 32.5
Sleep Difficulties  29.5 30.4 35.3 28.4

 

Concern Brescia
Female %
Western
Female %
Huron
Female %
CAN Reference Group
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 9.5

 
Seriously considered suicide 

  Brescia
Female %
Western
Female %
Huron
Female %
CAN Reference Group
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 the last 12 months 16.2 15.9 17.2 12.9


Attempted suicide 

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


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

 Issue Brescia
Female %
Western
Female %
Huron
Female %
CAN Reference Group
Female %
Academics 63.9 66 (1)  70.2 (1) 62 (1)
Finances 43.6  37.8 (4) 35.1 42.8 (2)
Personal appearance 43.6 40.3 (3) 39.4 (5) 37.7 (4)
Sleep difficulties 41.3 43.2 (2) 47.9 (2) 38.8 (3)
Other social relationships 39 36.4 41.5 (4) 32.1 
Intimate relationships  36.1 35.8 35.1 35.1
Family problems  35.3 34.6 45.2 (3) 35.9 (5)
Career-related issue 35.3 37.6 (5) 33 34.9
Personal health issue 31.3 30.8 37.2 29.5
Health problem of a family member or partner 29 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