​​​more than 80 percent of college students say they've felt overwhelmed by all they had to do in the past year. 

— Active minds​​​

​It's finals season, which means that stress levels are skyrocketing for many college students. Since mental health issues are prevalent among students, this added pressure can make disorders like depression and anxiety even worse.

According to Active Minds, a nonprofit that works to raise awareness of mental health issues on college campuses, almost one-third of university students say they've felt so depressed they couldn't function properly.

Left untreated, these illnesses can lead to lower grades and increase the chances a student will drop out of school, says the organization. The most tragic statistic of all? Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students.

Facts like these are reminders of just how important it is to invest in a culture of mental health awareness and support that's specifically aimed at college students. All 23 CSU campuses provide mental health and counseling services to support the psychological and emotional health of students and to help them achieve their academic, personal and professional goals.

"The CSU cares about the mental health and wellness of our students and wants them to know that services and support are available to them," stresses Ana Aguayo-Bryant, Ed.D., assistant director of student ​programs at the CSU Chancellor's Office, in Long Beach.

"Students can always access resources — including workshops and events — and counseling services during and after school hours."

CSU campuses such as Chico, Humboldt, Los Angeles, and Northridge also offer spaces on campus for students to de-stress and learn techniques and habits that will help foster their well-being.

If you're struggling to get through the end of the academic year, these tips from CSU faculty on how to stay healthy during finals season may help.​