The percentage of college students diagnosed with a mental illness according to the National College Health Assessment


The number of students seen at the counseling center at the Engemann Student Health Center last year.


The increase in the number of crisis appointments at the counseling center since last year.


See the story behind the numbers: The Counseling Center’s mission for more resources

A letter from the editors

Mental illness is an epidemic on college campuses across the nation, and USC is no exception. With an understaffed counseling center and rising need for mental health services, the University is facing a growing crisis.

In this special issue of the Daily Trojan, we look at fellow Trojans who have struggled with mental illness, from marginalized communities to student-athletes. We examine the progress the University has made toward mental health awareness, as well as spotlight the work that still needs to be done. But most importantly, we hope we can empower the reader to help break down the stigma of mental health at USC, and make sure all of its members are equally cared for in this Trojan Family.

Read the full letter.


Good-bye for now:

Taking a leave of absence

One student shares her story of illness and recovery.