Dundee spots stressed students
- By: Alex Brooks
Dundee University is trying to make students more aware of welfare issues before stress related problems arise. A study trying to ascertain the effects of including welfare with more traditional subjects such as anatomy in the medical curriculum was launched in October.
Nick Halpin, head of the university's counselling service, said that medical students were “under quite a bit of stress” and that the “evidence is that stress gets quite a lot worse” later on. He hopes that legitimising welfare issues as part of the medical curriculum will ensure that students are more aware of the importance of looking after themselves and may motivate them to promote welfare issues during their professional career. Doctors are notorious for their high rates of suicide, substance abuse, alcoholism, and divorce.
Freshers were given a “well being pack” on registration. This describes the importance of sensible drinking, eating, and exercise and emphasises the need