Student mental health: The facts
- The years spent at university coincide with the peak age of onset for a range of mental health difficulties, with 75% of all mental health difficulties developing by the mid-20s.
- Today’s generation of young adults are more likely to experience mental illness than previous generations. In England, 19% of 16–24 year olds experience a mental health condition.
- Approximately 29% of students experience clinical levels of psychological distress, associated with increased risk of anxiety, depression, substance use and personality disorders.
- Universities have, over the past five years, experienced significant increases in demand for counselling and disability services.
- According to a global report by Sodexo, almost half of UK students (46%) admit to loneliness during their time at university. This is compared to 32 % globally, with UK students most likely (37%) to consider dropping out compared to their worldwide counterparts.
So what can we do collectively at Derby to improve things for yourself and others?
- Check out the activities taking place for University Mental Health Day (UMHD18) and get involved
- Contact Student Wellbeing on ext 3000 for support and advice
- If you live in halls – speak to your Hall Manager – Their door is always open and they can refer you to the help you need
- Book an appointment with the US help and advice service: Full details can be found here