A recent survey has shown that more students are dropping out of university due to mental health issues.

The Survey

Recent surveys have shown that more students are now dropping out of university due to mental health issues. It has shown that around 78 percent of students have experiences issues with their mental health in their previous academic year. Among those, 33 percent have had suicidal ideations. According to data from ONS, student suicide rates are at a ten-year high, and the second most common cause of death among college students.

A survey by Unite found that students of ages 16 to 19 and 20 – 24 have shown lower levels of life satisfaction in comparison to the UK’s general population.

Why Might This Be?

There are many factors that could explain why students’ mental health issues have increased over the years. The student population in the UK is now double what it used to be two decades ago. During this period, tuition fees have been growing higher, which increases pressure on students over the years. A survey has shown that 75 percent of students who have received a student loan are stressed about being in debt.

With the age of the Internet, information has also become more readily available, and so students of today in comparison to older generations are generally expected to do more and more work, for less of a guarantee that their futures are secured, since competition among graduates has grown more fierce with increasing populations.

Many experts have also theorized that the current generation of students is subject to much more pressure than previous generations. Experts have particularly pointed the finger at social media for being at fault.

Social media, which wasn’t prominent for previous generations, tends to give its users the illusion that everyone around them have their life more together than they actually do, and so experts have pointed out that it has generally made their self-expectations grow higher, and therefore their disappointment when they don’t achieve things much deeper.

There are also the regular university experience factors that could affect a student’s ability to cope, such as the struggle of making friends in a new environment, dealing with increased work load or the fact that for some, it’s their first time living independently. International students could be subject to culture shock, homesickness or language barriers. Other students could also be going through this with a pre-existing mental illness.

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