Student mental health declines over time

The largest-ever mental health survey of students has found alarming levels of illness and distress. The poll of nearly 38,000 students in the UK found that a large number of students experience anxiety, substance abuse, loneliness and thoughts of self-harm.

The report, released in March 2019, has highlighted the fact that stress and anxiety is not purely focused on the first year as has been believed in the past.

While the transition from life at home to university is undoubtedly challenging for many students, the survey suggests that life can be tougher for students commencing their second and third years at university.

This may be caused by the intensification of studies, because support initiatives trail off after the first year, or because the separation from home feels more acute with the passing of time – or perhaps a combination of these factors.

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