Mental Health Statistics for Bournemouth University


Statistics concerning the mental health of students at Bournemouth University have been released – with the results going to show the scale of mental health problems facing students. In the 2016/17 academic year, over 900 students at the University used the institution’s counselling services. With around 19,000 students at the University, this means around 9% 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.


Concerns over mental health problems continue to rise


In total, 926 students at Bournemouth University were referred to the University’s counselling service during the 2016/17 academic year. Self-referrals accounted for 85% of referrals, totalling 798 students. Other sources were tutors (45 students), GP (38 students), other staff members (29 students), friend/relative (8), and other (8). 83% of those who accessed the service were from the United Kingdom, with 17% being international. Females used the service more than boys, having accounted for 66% of users.




As in line with other institutions around the United Kingdom, anxiety was the most prevalent mental health issue – having accounted for 34% of all cases. Depression and mood change or disorder was the cause of 31% of cases. Both continue to be the leading cause of seeking counselling around the United Kingdom. The figures might be even higher – as 20% of cases weren’t given a category. Relationships, loss, eating disorders, self harm and addictive behaviours were just some of the many issues tackled at the counselling service.


The University has witnessed a considerable surge in the number of students that request help with mental health problems in the last few years. Yet this isn’t something purely limited to Bournemouth – 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.


There are countless pressures facing students


The figures suggest around 9% of students at Bournemouth University have accessed counselling. This is a similar level to many 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 are encouraged to actively seek help.




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.





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