It was fall in New Hampshire, my favorite time of year. Rick walked from campus out into the woods that surrounded the university. The leaves must have rustled beneath his feet. The air was crisp and clear that day. I always wonder how he could have ended his life surrounded by so much beauty.
College students have higher levels of anxiety and loneliness than any generation before them. This generation will probably be surpassed by the next generation, because the clear trend is that anxiety and loneliness are increasing, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We can start decreasing college student anxiety right now, and the way to do it is by taking a skill-based approach.
It’s the great irony of the modern world: technology can connect us instantaneously to information, resources, and people all over the planet, yet people feel more anxiety and loneliness than ever.