Supportive texts can improve students’ mental health. According to a new study held at California State University- Fullerton, students who get regular check-in messages from family and friends are less likely to feel depressed.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on students’ mental health. They are less enthusiastic about finishing their college education. The suicide rates in higher education institutes have increased alarmingly in the past 2 years.
Something as small as receiving supportive text messages from people can have a huge impact on students’ mental health, the study revealed. While speaking to the press, CSU Fullerton researcher Tara Suwinyattichaiporn pointed out that compared to students who get no text-based support, students who do receive it are less likely to feel stressed, isolated, and depressed.
The study surveyed 3700 college students between the ages of 18 and 35. An average college-going student owns a smartphone and sends over 100 messages in a day, according to data from the Pew Research Center. Suwinyattichaiporn’s study seeks to make the best of this.