72% of Southampton students have been, or currently are concerned about the mental health of another University friend and 80.8% have been affected by a mental health issue.
The results from Wessex Scene’s student survey 2016 show a worrying trend of high levels of mental health issues, similar to the nationwide epidemic.
14% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t know who to contact if they or a friend had a mental health issue. 12% said they would contact their GP and 22% said they would contact the University or Union (including Nightline, Advice Centre and Enabling services). Over half of students said they wouldn’t feel comfortable speaking to their personal tutor about a mental health issue.
Last week, Wessex Scene, reported that 79% of students are worried about graduating, naming getting a job and finance as their biggest concern about life after University and academia, deadlines and work/life balance as their biggest concern while studying.