Number of Uni Students Seeking Counselling Soars; Nus Warns Mental Health Services Are 'Not Fit for Purpose'

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Number of Uni Students Seeking Counselling Soars; Nus Warns Mental Health Services Are 'Not Fit for Purpose'


Byline: KATY HALLAM and CLAIRE MILLER

THOUSANDS of students are struggling with mental health problems while studying in Coventry - with a dramatic rise in those needing counselling.

At Coventry University, the number of students accessing counselling services has jumped by almost two thirds in just two years.

And even more are using them to combat issues like anxiety and depression over at the University of Warwick.

The worrying rise has prompted the National Union of Students to warn their ranks are being let down by "underfunded" and "not fit for purpose" university counselling services.

It says they urgently need to do more to support students to achieve their "full potential".

Last year (2016/17), 830 students at Coventry University sought help compared to 502 in 2014/15 and 757 in 2015/16.

At the University of Warwick the number is even higher.

A massive 2,372 students registered for counselling there last year - a 61 per cent rise from 2010/11 when 1,471 students used the service.

And the number of students actually suffering from mental health problems could actually be much higher, as the university admitted the most recent figures do not include those using online support.

Anxiety and depression are the most common reasons why students at the University of Warwick needed counselling.

More than 200 (216) students sought help for anxiety last y e a r (2016/17) and another 212 got in touch over depressive mood disorders.

Demands on are ever and institutions services are underfunded fit for purpose Izzy Lenga Experts say the pressures of university life - living independently for the first time, managing finances and trying to secure a good degree - as well as lower wellbeing among young people are to blame for the increase. …

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