More students seek help for mental health problems
- By: Andrew Iles
The number of UK students seeking help for mental health problems is increasing, says a new report by the council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The report also shows that mental health problems are becoming more severe in the United Kingdom's student population.
Although more students in higher education than young people not in higher education report mental illness, the incidence of severe mental illness is highest in the non-student population, says the report. Higher education is associated with increased stress from the emotional demands of the change from home and school to the less structured world of college, independent study, examinations, and money worries.
Despite the wide spread provision of university counselling and pastoral services, access to specialist NHS student mental health care services is variable. The report recommends the formation of a dedicated student mental health service by NHS trusts and the promotion of mental health by