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College students facing depression need more than a list of doctors to call

College students facing depression need more than a list of doctors to call

A recently released survey of 150,000 college freshmen found that 9.5% had frequently felt depressed in the last year, up from 6.1% in 2009. As such numbers rise, some colleges balk at the idea of being "caretakers" for their psychologically fragile students. But ignoring the mental health of freshmen has serious consequences, as I know firsthand. I started out strong my first year at Sarah Lawrence College almost four decades ago. I landed the lead in a play and signed up for a heavy course load. Within weeks, I was sitting in my room without the energy to return a book to the library. Soon, I could not imagine going to class. Back then, the college had few resources for...

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