15,000 students suffering from mental ill-health since last year

According to this years research by The Institute of Public Policy , “five times as many students have a mental health condition, brought on by the stresses of university life”. Figures for first year students alone, have shown an increase from 3,000 to 15,000 cases of mental or emotional issues in 2015-16.

There’s many different issues that can impact upon the mental wellbeing of students such as finance, the pressure of exams as well as the effects of alcohol and drugs.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) earlier this year found that the number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years.

We spent the day at Edinburgh Napier University, where we spoke to Mental Health advisor Leah MacGilp.

 

Other studies suggest that the current generation of undergraduates could be under greater pressure than previous generations because of increased study costs and an increasingly competitive jobs market, with more students gunning for top degrees.

 

Written by Colin Campbel

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