News in brief: June 2013
One in five university students experience mental health problems, reports a survey by the National Union of Students.
Students experiencing psychological distress attribute their symptoms to factors such as coursework deadlines (65%), exams (54%), financial concerns (47%), peer pressure (27%), and homesickness (22%).
Poppy Jaman, chief executive of Mental Health First Aid England, says: “The student community is considered high risk for mental ill health, with exams, intense studying, and living away from home for the first time all contributing factors.”
Despite the high prevalence of psychological ill health in this population, only one in 10 use their university’s counselling service.
Increasing stress levels among specialty trainees and newly qualified GPs are being attributed to structural changes in the NHS.
A BMA survey conducted in September 2012 found that 44% of the 368 doctors reported experiencing more intense stress than the year before.
In the survey, 26% of the specialty