Statistics concerning the mental health of students at the University of Exeter have been released – with the figures revealing the scale of mental health problems facing students at the University. In the 2016/17 academic year – almost 2,000 students at the University used the institution’s counselling services. With around 22,000 students at the University, this means around 8% 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, 1,927 students at the University of Exeter accessed counselling services in the 2016/17 academic year. This total has risen enormously in recent years, and has risen in one year by almost 300, with 1,654 students accessing counselling in 2015/16. Over the past seven years, the figure has doubled – with 967 students having accessed counselling in the 2010/11 academic year. 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.
As seen from the rise in recent years, the University of Exeter has witnessed a surge in students requesting help with mental health problems. Yet this isn’t something purely limited to Exeter – 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. Over 100,000 students sought counselling help at 115 Universities last year.
Perhaps the most worrying news is that the figures mean around 8% of students at the University 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’. The University have risen their expenditure hugely on mental health provisions – spending £690,600 last year, as opposed to the 2012/13 total of £426,908.
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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.