Why are so many stu­dents left dam­aged by uni?

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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.

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