Some statistics regarding the mental health of students at the University of Bath have been released – with some surprising and poignant revelations being made. In the 2016/17 academic year – over 1,000 students at the University used the institution’s counselling services. With around 16,000 students at the University, this equates to 1 in 16 students at the University accessing help. As will be discussed, this figure has risen hugely over the past few years. Read on for the full story.
As mentioned in the introduction, over 1,000 students at the University of Bath accessed counselling services in the 2016/17 academic year. This figure has risen enormously from the 2010/11 figure of 474. As you see, the figure has more than doubled in just seven years. The statistics also revealed that 59% of those requesting help were women, with men accounting for 41% of counselling users. Anxiety and depression were the leading cause for counselling help – with the two issues affecting thousands of students.
As alluded to, Bath has witnessed a surge in students requesting help with mental health problems. Yet this isn’t something purely limited to Bath – 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.
The University of Bath suggested the rise was partially down to a ‘growth in student numbers’ – it is true that the University has seen its student size swell in recent years. But it also appears that thankfully the stigma around mental health is disappearing – leading to more people to request help. The University provides the ‘SilverCloud’ online service – which provides 24/7 help for those in need. The University have encouraged any student in need to contact them. Staff too are welcome, with these concerns not limited to students.
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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. Long may it continue. Remember you can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 – should you ever need.