STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH ON THE RISE

Mental Health at Universities across the UK is dramatically increasing, as Young Minds state that nearly 80,000 children and young people are suffering from severe depression in the UK alone, not counting stress and anxiety individually. Specifically, The University of Essex are attempting to tackle the up rise by issuing various forms of counselling across the campus and by ensuring that the young adults are receiving the correct help they need.

When we have been anxious for a long period of time the body gets used to being anxious and tense. Speaking scientifically, the body begins to panic and the tension that begins to build up gives the message of fear, that something awful is about to happen. This alerts the Autonomic Nervous System that imminent danger or a threat is about to happen.

Signs you may be suffering with Anxiety:

  • Irritability
  • Sleep problems including Insomnia
  • Feelings ranging from uneasiness to severe and paralysing panic
  • Dry mouth
  • Churning stomach
  • Palpitations (Pounding heart)
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression

“Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts it’s good because it pushes you to work hard and do your best, especially in exams” – NHS

 Students with depression and anxiety are increasingly being offered online therapy through the NHS’s flagship mental health scheme, using methods that one expert said “fly in the face of what it means to be human”.

Brand new figures which were researched by The Independent show a rise in webcam and instant messenger appointments through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme between 2012-13 and 2015-16, compared to a 144 per cent rise in overall appointments.

The number of appointments carried out across the UK rose from 5,738 to 49,475, which comes of great feedback for the NHS as this could potentially cut Mental Health spending’s in half by finding more effective ways of reaching out to the younger generation.

 We conducted various interviews with a range of students from Foundation year to International students. From independent research and surveying, 23% of International Students feel an increase of stress which increases by coming to University. However, 77% of UK students feel a dramatic increase of stress which is reflected in the great amount of drop-outs per year.

So far the University of Essex has not commented on the issue, however located in Student Centre on first floor is an incredible office full of exceptional staff who will help anyone who needs it.

If you’re feeling signs of Anxiety or depression, please do not hesitate to contact the following numbers:

www.anxietyuk.org.uk

08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)

Men struggling with anxiety/stress www.thecalmzone.net

www.menshealthforum.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.nopanic.org.uk

www.papyrus-uk.org

www.rethink.org

0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)

www.samaritans.org.uk

116 123 (free 24-hour help line)

www.sane.org.uk

0845 767 8000 (daily, 6-11pm)

SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk

 

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