Recent statistics show that students at Coventry University have been accessing mental health services at the institution in increasing numbers. These statistics include details on the 2017-18 academic year, where 1,028 students accessed counseling. Just five years earlier – in 2012-13 – 421 students sought help. With around 29,000 students at the University, this means around 4% of all students sought help last year. The statistics used in this article come courtesy of a Freedom of Information request. Read on for more.
The statistics start as far back as the 2011-12 academic year. In this year, 399 students sought help. By 2013-14, it had risen to 573, before actually dropping the year after. But the subsequent year – 2015-16 – witnessed a marked rise in service uptake. This rise has since continued year-on-year, with a big leap coming from 2016-17 (830) to 2017-18 (1,028). It should be noted that this large rise isn’t limited to just Coventry University, with countless other Universities witnessing similar surges.
It has left many wondering what has caused this nationwide-rise. There are many, many pressures on University students currently. Unprecedented tuition fees, high living costs, uncertainty over the future and the ultra-competitive graduate market are just some of the issues facing students. The impact of social media on the world has also been blamed by many for causing students distress. Such is the problem of mental health at Universities, that many have questioned whether or not institution’s have the required provisions to help those in need.
In terms of Coventry University, they have been making efforts to help those in need. Students can access mental health services online, where waiting lists typically are short. Appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance, providing plenty of options for students. As for any budget-based statistics, we have been unable to source any. But it can be surmised from the information we have available that Coventry University is doing what it can for its students who are in need.
While no data pertaining to the actual mental health condition(s) that students were accessing counselling for, anxiety and depression are the most common conditions. Substance abuse, eating disorders and self-harm are other common conditions. It is positive to see many students feeling able to access counselling – with the stigma around mental health seemingly lessening – thankfully. Universities across the United Kingdom need to continue their work in combatting mental illness.
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These are, without doubt, very difficult times to be a student. Yet it is encouraging to see that efforts are being made to help those in need. While in general, provisions for mental health need to be increased, it does appear that positive steps have been taken by many institutions in recent times. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can contact them in the event of a crisis at 116 123.