Stressed-out students

British students in higher education are stressed.

According to AMOSSHE (the Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education) sampled more than 50 higher education establishments, gathering their comments about stress.

It learned that “80% of contributors believed there was a noticeable increase in complex mental health crises among their student population” in 2015 compared with the previous year.

According to one university, at York, between 1 January and 8 February this year there were 12 emergency call-outs to the campus for self-harm or suicide attempts, 50% of the total. In the previous full calendar year, there were 134 such call-outs to the university, with suicide attempts or self-harm accounting for 32%. In 2014, there were 158 ambulance call-outs, with 14% because of self-harm or suicide attempts. According to the University, the “prevalence and severity” of student mental health problems is getting worse.

The pressure of social media is apparently a growing source of stress; students can suffer from a misguided sense of perfectionism, feeling under pressure to succeed at everything and responding with feelings of “low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and hopelessness” when things go wrong.


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