If your child is off at their first year of college, you may want to read this. As excited as they were to start their new life, they now may experience new stresses and depression when all the newness wears off. They may be surprised at how much they miss home and how lonely they feel, longing for the comforts of old friends. Let them know that those feelings are natural and that you can help them through it. Stress is the number one reason young people give for drinking and taking drugs. This is a good reason to start the discussion.