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AOL co-founder opens site for student health

As college students leave home and head off to school, Internet entrepreneur Steve Case has launched a new Web site to help them deal with being apart from their families and handle depression.
A new section of revolutionhealth.com, started by AOL co-founder Steve Case, caters to college students — and offers information on mental health including relationships, lifestyle choices and sexual affairs.
A new section of revolutionhealth.com, started by AOL co-founder Steve Case, caters to college students — and offers information on mental health including relationships, lifestyle choices and sexual affairs.revolutionhealth.com
/ Source: Reuters

As college students leave home and head off to school, Internet entrepreneur Steve Case has launched a new Web site to help them deal with being apart from their families and handle depression.

Case, who co-founded AOL, on Wednesday added a section to health Web site RevolutionHealth.com called "College Health Center" that provides information on mental and sexual health, relationships, healthy lifestyle choices and personal safety.

He said increasing attention was being paid to the mental health of students following the Virginia Tech University shooting in April when student Seung-Hui Cho gunned down 32 people then killed himself in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"I was surprised to learn that half of all college students report being so depressed they couldn't function last year," Case told Reuters.

Case to Step Down As Chairman Of AOL Time Warner
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: Steve Case, Chairman of AOL Time Warner, leaves the Sheraton Towers Hotel after AOL's annual investors and annalists meeting December 3, 2002 in New York City. AOL Time Warner announced that Case will resign as the chairman of the company in May at the annual shareholders' meeting. He will remain the director and a co-chair of the strategy committee at the company. (Photo by Adam Rountree/Getty Images)Adam Rountree / Getty Images North America

Case said the site aimed to help college students deal with everything from depression on arriving on campus to filling the gap left without their usual social support systems.

Case said the Web often is the first stop for most information-seeking young adults as well as increasingly becoming a starting place for people with health questions.

"It seemed like the obvious place to put information," he said.

The site is kicking off the back-to-school season with an online mental health fair, partnering with 11 national nonprofit groups focused on issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Case launched RevolutionHealth.com in April, attracting about 4 million users at the end of July. The site includes services such as physician ratings, information about health conditions and treatments and online health records.