Statistics concerning the mental health of students at Aston University have been released – with the results laying bare the profound issues facing students at University. In the 2016/17 academic year – over 500 students at the University used the institution’s counselling services. With around 16,000 students at the University, this means around 3% of all students sought counselling. As will be discussed further, demand for counselling services at the University has surged in recent years. Read on for more.
In total, 508 students at Aston University accessed counselling services in the 2016/17 academic year. This total has steadily risen in recent years. In the 2010/11 academic year, 288 students sought counselling help. Anxiety was the cause of 36% of cases, with depression accounting for 25%. These two issues are prominent for students around the United Kingdom – with other Universities reporting similar percentages. Counselling can be sought for a range of issues – such as relationship problems or bereavement.
As seen from the rise in recent years, Aston University has witnessed a surge in students requesting help with mental health problems in the last few years. Yet this isn’t something purely limited to Aston – with other Universities reporting similar statistics. These are difficult times to be a student – with uncertainty over the future, higher tuition fees than ever before and with the job market being at an unprecedented level of competitiveness. There is a pressure like never before on students to succeed – which can lead to these mental health problems developing or aggravating.
In some positive news, the percentage of students requesting help at Aston University is much smaller than other Universities. These revelations can be seen in a positive light – such as that it appears the stigma around mental health is disappearing – leading to more people to request help. The only concern is that many students suffer in silence. Not every student suffering from ill health uses counselling services – which should be remembered when considering these statistics. Those in need should actively seek help.
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This is certainly a tough time to be a student. However it is encouraging to see that more people are coming forward with their mental health concerns – and that the stigma finally appears to be going away. While Universities all around the United Kingdom need to improve their current provisions for mental health, it appears that some positive steps have been taken in recent months in the battle against mental health problems. Hopefully this trend will continue. Remember you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 – should you ever need.