92% of Students Report Feelings of Mental Distress


Today is University Mental Health Day and today, YoungMinds have created an online guidebook to tackle the growing problem of mental ill health among students, and to raise awareness of inadequate support services at some universities.

Students Vs Stress at University: Coping on Campus has been created by YoungMinds activists who are current or recent students, to provide support as well as to act as a tool for students to campaign for better mental health services. This is increasingly necessary as NUS research conducted in 2013 found that:

  • 20% of students considered themselves to have a mental health problem;
  • 92% of students reported experiencing feelings of mental distress;
  • 13% of students had suicidal thoughts;
  • 64% of students did not receive any advice or support for their mental distress from formal services.

The booklet features real-life stories from students who have suffered from mental health problems themselves, as well as advice on how to look after yourself and on how students can go about starting their own campaigns.

Jasmine Wyeth, Lead Editor, said:

“I suffered from depression and anxiety while at university, and my negative feelings were compounded by the idea of university being the best time of your life, when for me it was a pretty awful time. My mental ill health affected both my academic performance and my social life and I feel strongly that no one else should have the same experience that I did. Good mental health, and by extension, good mental healthcare are rights, and so good quality mental healthcare should be easily accessible for all those who need it at every university in the country. I hope the zine can be step on the road to achieving that.”

Lucie Russell, Director of Campaigns at YoungMinds, said:

“The zine is the culmination of a long campaign, YoungMinds Vs Stress at University. It’s an incredibly important resource for students, at a time when they are facing numerous pressures – academic, financial, and social. The impact of poor mental health on student life can be devastating and it is vital that students are able to get the support that they need. The zine can be used by students to fight for that support.”

More articles in Students and Mental Health
  1. Sport and Wellbeing: The Importance of Exercise for Combatting Stress, Part One
  2. Sport and Wellbeing: The Importance of Exercise for Combatting Stress, Part Two
  3. Impulsivity Can Be A Side Effect of Medication, But Is It A Good Thing?
  4. Mental Health: Ways to Get Help Over the Summer Holidays
  5. 92% of Students Report Feelings of Mental Distress
  6. Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Confession of an Anorexic
  7. Eating Disorders: Realisations and Recovery
  8. Is it Me?: The Realities of Depression
  9. Lesser Known Mental Illnesses: Hypochondria
  10. Lesser Known Mental Illnesses: Bipolar Disorder
  11. Lesser Known Mental Illnesses: Dermatillomania
  12. Anxiety, Depression and the Year Abroad: Part 2
  13. Anxiety, Depression and the Year Abroad: Part 1
  14. Getting It Straight: What You Didn’t Know About OCD
  15. Mental Illness, Katie Hopkins, and Me
  16. OCD: Washing Away the Stigma
  17. The Germanwings Co-Pilot and the Stigma of Mental Illness
  18. You Say Adventure, I Say Ordeal
  19. 8 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Depressed Person
  20. Eating Disorders and the Media: What Are ‘Real’ Women?
  21. How To Help A Panic Attack
  22. How to Survive a Mid-Year Crisis
  23. The University of Southampton Needs To Do More for Mental Health
  24. 5 Ways to Get Involved With Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016
  25. Winter Blues: It’s A Real Thing
  26. Elephant in The Corner: Social Anxiety
  27. Victory over Vehophobia: How to Overcome a Fear of Driving
  28. Let’s Talk About Homesickness
  29. Your Guide to Managing a Fresher’s State of Mind
  30. Study Finds Exam Pressure To Be The Cause of Mental Health Problems In Pupils
  31. Time to Talk Day – What’s it All About?
  32. University’s Research into Mental Health Treatment Goes Deeper
  33. World Mental Health Day: Reducing Stigma & Finding Support
  34. International Stress Awareness Day: Self-Care Is Important

Wessex Scene Editor 2016-17 and Features Editor 2015-2016. History Student, Blog writer (http://emeraldalice.blogspot.co.uk/) and traveller. Student Brand Ambassador for the i Paper 2015-2016. Tea lover, cat enthusiast. @Alicetotheskies

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