Depression, anxiety, and stress among students, faculty, and staff

J Am Coll Health. 2023 Feb-Mar;71(2):348-354. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1891913. Epub 2021 Mar 24.


Objectives: To identify and compare the prevalence of depression, anxiety, and stress among and between students and faculty/staff; and to determine and contrast the coping mechanisms utilized and barriers to mental health care perceived within and between these two populations. Participants: A total of 448 students and faculty/staff from a Midwestern university. Methods: An electronic survey including the 21 question Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale and an exploration of individual coping mechanisms and perceived barriers to mental health care. Results: Approximately one-third of the campus community experience symptoms consistent with severe or extremely severe depression (28.3% faculty/staff, 31% students), anxiety (38.6% faculty/staff, 41.8% students), and/or stress (31.1% faculty/staff, 33.9% students). There were significant differences between faculty/staff and students in regard to mental health coping mechanisms utilized and perceived barriers to professional mental health treatment. Conclusion: Mental health problems are common in both faculty/staff and student populations.

Keywords: Anxiety; depression; faculty; stress; students.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Anxiety / psychology
  • Depression* / epidemiology
  • Depression* / psychology
  • Faculty / psychology
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Students* / psychology
  • Universities