As a high school student myself, I can say that high school can be a very stressful environment, so I can see how many students could acquire mental health problems. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of a mental health problem. In today’s society many health problems, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and sleeping disorders are just a few examples of mental illnesses that are found to have a large impact on high school students. Society today is considered the “Age of Anxiety”. Several studies have been conducted to determine these growing mental health problems, and the factors that contribute to these disorders or illnesses. One major factor that can contribute to mental illness is the pressure of academic success. Being successful in today’s day and age is something that many students strive for. This anxiety and depression brought on by this academic pressure is becoming more and more prevalent due to high grade expectations by the students themselves or by their parents. Some students are unable to cope with failure, which can trigger huge amounts of stress, anxiety, and even depression. Many students become sleep deprived, due to staying up late to finish homework or to study. Over 90 percent of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, according to a 2014 survey. Sleep deprivation can lead into sleeping disorders, such as narcolepsy and insomnia; it is also shown that it can lead to the inability to concentrate, poor grades, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. Not only do some students struggle with academic success, they also have to face social pressures. Another factor that can play into mental illnesses is social pressures. Many teens feel the pressure to try to fit in. No matter what school a student may go to, there is usually a group of students who pressure them into something. A study finds that this type of social pressure tends to affect students who need to seek aid for academic assistance. According to a new National Bureau of Economic Research, students indicated “that they’re willing to turn down a free course just because their classmates would find out.” For some students it is found to be embarrassing to seek help and can trigger anxiety by wondering if their classmates will find out. It can also lead to depression because students feel like they aren’t good enough academically, just because they may not understand a certain concept or lesson. Another common social pressure is fitting in. Many students want to feel accepted, and to do so will suffer from an eating disorder. According to one study on teenage eating disorders, it was found that 5% to 20% of college females and 1% to 7% of college males have eating disorders (Johnson & Connors, The Etiology, and Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa, 1987). 5.4% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 will suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or a binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime, that’s more than 2.2 million teens. Some students have to deal with the uncertainty of the future. In high school, teens have to start thinking about what kind of career they want to pursue. They also have to choose a type of “path”: college, work, vocational training, military, etc. To some, this can lead to an immense amount of anxiety and even depression. Especially financially, the government has contributed less money over the past couple of decades to help students pay for their schooling, whereas many colleges/institutions have been increasing their tuition fees. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was $34,740 for private colleges, $9,970 for in-state residents at public colleges, and $25,620 for out-of-state residents. Many students, even in high school, are concerned about the debt and student loans that follows college. They are worried about how they will pay it off, and even though I’m not in college yet this is something that I’m already concerned about. Stephen Buckley, from Mind, said tuition fees and student loan debt were major contributors to the rise in students seeking mental health help. Commenting on the findings, he said: “Today’s students face an unprecedented financial burden with student loan and tuition fee debt higher than ever before.”, “On the other side of this is the financial stress and uncertainty around employment on graduation,” Buckley said, adding: “Both of these are major contributors to mental health problems like anxiety and depression.”A study of middle aged-school students determined that 18.4% of girls were depressed and 11.1% of boys between 13-17 years old were depressed. The depression was associated with school difficulties including concentration, social relationships, reading, writing, and the point that schoolwork is highly taxing. Students with depression, exaggerate the significance of failure in school and have difficulty relaying their thinking about failure situations. Whenever they receive feedback from teachers or low test scores their level of depression increases. When, students make errors, this feedback triggers negative thinking. (Holmes and Pizzagalli, 2007).So, overall, mental health problems are a growing issue in a school setting. There are several different factors that can play into mental illnesses, including social relationships, social pressures, the need to fit in, financial struggles, etc. There also many different types of mental health problems students can acquire such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-harm, and sleeping disorders to name a few.