Indeed a study carried out during the covid pandemic found that students were more likely than the general population to report higher levels of anxiety and lower levels of happiness.
Some reasons why students struggle
Students are often away from home and therefore away from their emotional support network of family and friends. They may be required to work in a way they are not used to with more autonomy and greater pressure to meet deadlines and achieve good results. Add to this the financial worries that many students have and you can see why students may struggle with their mental health.
Seeking help - some issues
Universities and colleges often have a wellbeing service and this can be a great place to go for free help. However not all mental health provision is equal and educational institutions differ greatly in the quality and amount of support they can offer students.
A study carried out this year by Tab (a student news site) and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (a suicide prevention charity) found that out of 4,000 students surveyed, a large proportion reported living with some form of mental health issue and more than half had not wanted to seek help from their university. They also found that 65% of the students who had sought help from their education institution, were not happy with the help they received.
It's worth remembering that our students are alone in a strange location with new routines, new friends, and a new focus. They are perhaps having to acquire new life skills such as cooking, managing their own financial affairs, organising themselves, etc.
It's perhaps not surprising that anxiety has been highlighted by the Tab/CALM survey results as being the most common mental health issue faced by students, and stress and loneliness are also common issues. It's clear that students need a good quality mental health service to support their needs during this time of great upheaval.