Mental health ‘worsens’ at university, survey shows

Half of the students suffering from mental health issues don’t seek any help, a survey of 62 students from the University of Sheffield found.

The survey also revealed that 79% of students experience mental health issues during their studies, and that over 60% thought their mental health ‘worsened’ whilst at university.

These statistics mirror national figures that  reveal 78%  of students experienced mental health issues during the previous year (NUS).

This mental health ‘crisis’ has seen an increase in the amount of university drop-outs caused by mental health.

A Sheffield Hallam student, who wishes to remain anonymous, dropped out of university due to anxiety.

She said: “The overall feelings whilst I was studying were intense. Physically crying and not being able to get out of bed when I knew I had to be somewhere were the main issues. I was very confused as to what these feelings were.

“My friends around me just questioned ‘why’ all the time. Why can’t you do this? Why can’t you come to lectures? Why don’t you want to be here? My answer was always ‘I just don’t know’, because I didn’t even know that I was suffering with social anxiety. I  didn’t know what was happening.”

The student has just finished a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and has now returned to university, adding: “I’ll be honest it hasn’t made me feel any better or worse for talking about it. But I do feel like now more than ever I can appreciate who I am, and that I have these issues and that it’s okay.

“I can openly say I have anxiety and I can openly say I’m dealing with it in my way, and the positives that have come from dealing with these things so early in my life have taught me so much.”

If you are struggling with mental health, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123.


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