Why are so many students left damaged by uni?
As Freshers’ Week gets underway for millions of UK students, MPS are calling on universities to make mental health a “non-negotiable” priority. In a letter to heads, universities minister Sam Gyimah said, “We should be acting now – as institutions and as a society.” His comments come amid growing concern about how universities address the rising number of students struggling with their mental wellbeing. Between 2007 and 2016, the suicide rate among UK students had risen by 56 per cent and, over the past five years, 94 per cent of universities reported a “sharp increase” in the number trying to access support services. Further research shows that 87 per cent of first-year students find it difficult to cope with university life. Closer speaks to Amanda Kelly, whose university experience led her into a shocking depression.