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More Community College Students Are Reporting Stress And Anxiety

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East Los Angeles College is among the state's 115 community colleges. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist)
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Crisis Text Line, a third-party service that partners with the California community college system to support and advise students in crisis, says messages sent to its counselors increased 12% from February to March.

That could be just the beginning of an expected surge in requests from struggling community college students for mental health support.

College officials say growing numbers of students are stressed out by the shift to online learning and the accompanying lack of face-to-face support. Soaring job losses are also taking their toll on the state's community college students, who tend to have lower incomes and need full-time work to pay for their education.

Larry Resendez, dean of student services at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, told us:

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"There are hundreds, if not more, that clearly are dealing with a lot of high levels of stress, and anxiety, and maybe depression."

California community college students who are in crisis can text the word COURAGE to 741741 to reach one of the company's trained volunteers, who respond with coping techniques or contacts for mental health resources.

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