Monday 12-10-2015 - 10:08
With more students than ever attending universities, the pressure on welfare services is growing, and in particular demand for mental health services is on the rise.
Universities UK have recently claimed that demand for counselling at university is increasing by about 10% every year.
Time spent studying at college and university can be the best years of your life, but they can also be the most stressful too. Whether it’s moving away from home for the first time, learning to live on a budget, making new friends or the pressure of exams, times can be hard.
The rise in students looking to access mental health services is down to a range of factors, including an increase in feelings of isolation and stress about exams and grades reported by students, but another key reason is that more students than ever are choosing to disclose their existing mental health issues, and to seek help when they need it.
According to Time to Change one in four of us will experience a problem with our mental health at some point in our lives, but sadly, nine in ten people experiencing mental health problems have experienced stigma and discrimination.
So what can we do about it?
A great way to silence stigma is to get talking, which is why we’re supporting #TimeToTalk from Time to Change. It’s all about the small things we can do for each other when we are feeling down or unwell which make big differences to how we feel.
Check out their website for more information on how you can get the conversation started at your students’ union.
If you’re feeling creative check out Skip the Stress, a campaign from Do Something UK, for young people to share music and tips to help each other de-stress (you can also be in with a chance of winning a £1000 scholarship too!).