The number of students seeking counseling services at the University of Rhode Island has been on the rise in recent years. Counseling rates have increased from around 800 students per academic year in 2013 to over 1000 students in 2016 according to the URI Counseling Center.

Eighty percent of those students report that their goal of therapy is to lessen anxiety and learn to cope better with stress – a feeling that freshman Gabriel Pratt knows all too well. “It’s hard getting up in the morning and being like, ‘Wow, I really don’t want to exist today,’” Pratt said. He has been dealing with anxiety and depression since elementary school. “On a day to day basis it’s not too bad, but when things get stressful, I just break down. It’s rough.”

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