Number of students seeking mental health help rises 50% in 5 years

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"The number of students seeking counselling at university has rocketed by 50% in the last five years, according to figures obtained by the Guardian.

As tens of thousands of teenagers leave their family homes this week and begin to arrive on campuses for freshers’ week, research shows that university counselling services are under increasing pressure as demand grows."

I've got to say I have a feeling this all links back to increasing inequality in wealth distribution and the difficulty in finding work, even with a good university degree. Not having much of a view on the path to future prosperity adds a lot of extra pressure.

University mental health services face strain as demand rises 50% | Education | The Guardian
 
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I just think young people today get a very rough deal today, even without the mental health angle. They grow up too fast once they are on the Internet, no time to really be children, food is less healthy than it was, there's more medication and ADHD, then pressures to be body-beautiful, then a 50,000 £ debt for going through university.

Lots of today's captains of industry mostly got 2 or even 3 degrees at the cost of the state, debt free.
 
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Agreed - there's all sorts of stress at the moment for kids - constant testing at schools, pressure to decide at 16 what career they want for the rest of their lives (A level subjects to get you into uni to do the 'right' degree), all the body image stuff, which is very contradictory and pulls people all over the place, social media and the unspoken pressure to 'keep up' with what everyone else is doing for fear of missing out and being seen as the nerd at school.... all sorts of things.
Add to that the fact that we know kids are a LOT less resilient than they were and have been brought up largely in a 'reward for all' culture where everyone gets a prize, and then they get to uni and find that their marks go down - especially if they've been the A grade kid in a small pond (their school) and then get to uni and find they're getting B's and C's and maybe they're not as clever as they thought they were...... and being away from home for the first time and having to organise themselves, cook, do their washing, do their bills......

It's not all that surprising really. And students that might have been sent through the CMHT in the past are finding that they're being turned down (funding cuts) so are going to uni counselling services instead.
 
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I just think young people today get a very rough deal today, even without the mental health angle. They grow up too fast once they are on the Internet, no time to really be children, food is less healthy than it was, there's more medication and ADHD, then pressures to be body-beautiful, then a 50,000 £ debt for going through university.

Lots of today's captains of industry mostly got 2 or even 3 degrees at the cost of the state, debt free.
Doesn't it just lend weight to all the environmental, sociological/economic, familial, political, relational etc perspectives/aspects to mental health?

i think the sociological should be fully acknowledged/applied in mental health areas.

imo we need a new system.
 
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this is a sign of Lessening Stigma not Increasing Illnesses.

imho

kids are asking for help now. I never did.
 
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this is a sign of Lessening Stigma not Increasing Illnesses.
I kind of doubt that kids that age are very aware of stigma. But no doubt there is a factor of 'medicalisation' of the young, where they are more used to asking for help since people have been putting more of a focus on their mental health. When I went to uni there was no question of asking for help unless you were very, very unwell... although that was not necessarily a good thing, a guy I knew quite well committed suicide in the Halls of Residence where I was staying.
 
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It is definitely a tough world for the youngsters now, in terms of traditional achievement.

I would suggest they take solace in alternative forms of success which are perhaps more relevant and important, such as green issues, spiritual development, the peace movement, and equality for all.
 
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Alternatively, you can just chill and play video games, just be. :peace:
 
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yes its tough but humanity is nothing if not adaptable.

i would never have asked for help because who the hell would i ask?

my friends were all pretty much in the same boat. Someone was abusing us, somewhere along the line.

i went to high school late 70s early 80s. We all got engaged at 17 FFS. At least, i did. :) Serial betrother, finally married #3.

Anyway it was normal life, and i went to private catholic girls school.

just about all of us were sexually active at 13. willingly or not. :( there WAS no help.

There is a famous case not far from where/when i grew up the local police began gangbanging a 13 year old and it went on for years.

its just the way it was.
 
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Hi,
Living and caring for your daughter in her current state sounds very stressful. I have gone through living with some of this behaviour (for different reasons,) with S and understand the toll it takes on someone. Living on the edge, lack of sleep and lack of any break also affects your ability to cope and stay calm.

Keeping a diary is an excellent idea. Also, if possible is there anyway you could discretely video her to show the breadth of her highs and lows? When I was trying to get S's seizures recognised, it was the clip of him having one that made the difference and got my concerns taken seriously.