A survey done by the NUS (National Union of Students) of 1,093 students says that 8 out of 10 (78%) have experienced mental health issues in the last year, a third of the respondents (33%) also said they had suicidal thoughts.
More than half (54%) of respondents who reported having experienced mental health problems said they did not seek support. A third said they would not know where to get mental health support from their college or university if they needed it, and 40% reported being nervous about the support they would receive from their institution.
Paul Blomfield MP, chair of the APPG on students and MP for Sheffield Central, said: “Our colleges and universities should be places of educational and personal development, where students feel supported. But these findings show us that significant numbers of students are suffering with mental health problems, many of them silently. These survey results are a wake-up call to all of us concerned with student welfare.”
With these concerns taking center stage for college and university students, as a whole, we need to take more time to educate ourselves on the effects of mental health issues and how we can help and support them in any way possible.