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On College Campuses, New School Year Means New Concerns About Mental Health


Up to 50 percent of college-age kids experience some kind of psychiatric disorder (AP/Elaine Thompson)

Up to 50 percent of college-age kids experience some kind of psychiatric disorder. (AP/Elaine Thompson)

Among the signs that fall is not far away: there’s a slight chill in the air, the days are getting shorter — and in Boston, the streets are abuzz with college students preparing for another academic year. In this week’s Commonhealth segment, we talk about a more sobering side of college life: mental health, and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders on college campuses.

You can hear more of this story on The Checkup, a new podcast collaboration between WBUR’s CommonHealth Blog and Slate magazine.


Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s Commonhealth Blog.

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