Statistics concerning the mental health of students at the University of Warwick have been released – with the figures revealing the scale of mental health problems facing students at the University. In the 2016/17 academic year – over 2,300 students at the University used the institution’s counselling services. With around 25,000 students at the University, this means around 10% 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, 2,372 students at the University of Warwick accessed counselling services in the 2016/17 academic year. This total has risen enormously in recent years. Over the past seven years, there has been a 61% rise in the amount of students seeking counselling help. Counselling can help students with a number of issues, though the statistics also revealed that anxiety and depression are the main causes for students seeking help. These two issues are prominent for students around the United Kingdom – with other Universities reporting similar percentages.
As seen from the rise in recent years, the University of Warwick has witnessed a surge in students requesting help with mental health problems. Yet this isn’t something purely limited to Warwick – 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.
Perhaps the most worrying news is that the figures mean a scarcely-believable 10% of students sought counselling help. While there is no suggestion anything malicious is happening at the University, questions could be asked as to why this figure is so much higher than many other Universities. It is also apparent that some students suffer in silence. Mental health problems can leave someone feeling ‘trapped’. It is likely this figure would be even higher, which again is worrying for anyone connected to the University.
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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.