Today, the BBC reported that one in three female students in the UK has a mental health problem. This compared with around a fifth of male undergraduates, according to a YouGov survey of 1,061 students.
Overall, 27% of students said they had a mental health problem, a figure which rose to 45% among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
Of the students who said they had a mental health problem, 77% had depression and 74% had anxiety.
In May, official statistics showed 130 suicides in England and Wales among full-time students aged 18 or above, the highest level since numbers were first recorded in 2007. The figures were for 2014.
At Mental Health Concern, we understand that going to university can be a hugely enjoyable but also stressful time. Sometimes our problems affect our day-to-day lives and we feel that we can’t cope, and it can be difficult to know where to get support when you are away from home. If you are a student in this situation, you are not alone.
Our sister organisation, Insight Healthcare, offers free, NHS-commissioned talking therapy services across the country, and can help you if you are experiencing common issues such as:
- low mood
- relationship difficulties
- family problems
Insight Healthcare is the largest not-for-profit provider of talking therapies in the UK, and we have therapists with a broad range of specialist skills, allowing us to provide the best support for your particular need. Talking therapies can help you to understand and work through your difficult feelings and develop strategies for coping better. The best therapy will depend on your particular situation.
Click here to see if we have a service in your area, and please do get in touch.